FIRST CAR BRAND TO ELIMINATE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE
As almost all countries are introducing the combustion engine ban that will take place in 2030 the process of folding up the production of internal combustion engines is well underway at several automakers, where no multimillion-dollar engine plans will get approved. Many automobile brands have made it official that they are eliminating internal combustion engines and heading into an all-electric future So here is the list of the first car brands that will eliminate internal combustion engines The internal combustion engine revolutionized human life in its way. It made some things possible: cars, Uber, buses, motorbikes, trains, ships, submarines, and we even took to the skies in aircraft and spread wings across the world with the help of internal combustion engines. Agricultural productivity soared with the development of the tractor and other farm machinery. Internal combustion engines also give oil-producing countries unimaginable wealth. But after centuries of shaping the world, the demise of the internal combustion engine is in plain sight, as the transition from an internal combustion engine to an electric battery is part of an industry-wide effort to contribute fewer emissions. The transition to electric vehicles also stems from political pressure from different states and countries. In 2020, California set a goal to eliminate internal combustion engines by 2035—but it’s not yet legally binding. Japan is also eliminating combustion engine sales by the mid-2030s, and Norway even sooner; by 2025. The UK and France have more enforceable gas-car sale bans coming by 2040. Due to this, several automobile brands have promised to put a stop to the development of new internal combustion engines and make only electric options, with the earliest transitions slated for as soon as 2025 Let’s into car brands that will first transition to electric.
Jaguar electric car, I-Pace has put the automaker on the electric path, and it took the industry by surprise when the British automaker announced its plans to go fully electric by 2025, given the automaker would be outpacing quite a few other luxury marques in the transition to battery-electric vehicles. Jaguar’s new CEO Thierry Bolloré laid out the brand’s electric strategy dubbed Reimagine earlier, charting the course that Jaguar and its corporate sibling Land Rover will take over the next decade as a part of a turn to zero-emissions vehicles. The name of the plan will effectively reimagine Jaguar as an all-electric luxury marque, representing one of the biggest steps for the brand in decades. That means the XF sedan, entry-level E-Pace crossover, F-Pace SUV, and F-Type sports car will all cease to exist in their current forms by the time 2025 rolls around. Interestingly, the upcoming all-electric Jaguar XJ sedan the car that presumably would have led this headfirst charge into the world of electric has been canceled. But Jaguar said the XJ nameplate will be retained by the brand for potential future use The brand also made it known that it would keep all three of its three British plants open as part of its new strategy, and it also intends to use the Electric Modular Architecture—EMA platform for its future electric models.
Britain’s Bentley has also become one of the latest automakers to lay out plans for an all-electric future, and one of the first in the luxury space. Bentley, famous for its enormous 12-cylinder petrol engines, now wants to become one of the car industry’s leaders in environmental sustainability. The century-old automaker is best known for high-performance — and fuel-thirsty — vehicles like the Bentayga SUV and Flying Spur sedan. But within a decade, Bentley will transform from a 100-year-old luxury gasoline car company to a new, sustainable, wholly ethical role model for luxury. Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark revealed that by 2026, all of its products will be plug-based, whether in hybrid or battery-electric form, and four years later, all its vehicles will be entirely electric. CEO Hallmark said: “By 2030, no more combustion engines. The future of Bentley will be fully electric and we are not only working on one electric car but a full family of electric cars.” Bentley will offer two plug-in hybrid models this year, and the first fully electric vehicle is expected in 2025. Bentley’s only plug-in hybrid is currently the Bentayga SUV. Workers on internal combustion engines will be redeployed as it shifts to pure battery-electric cars. The carmaker said its environmental targets would make it ‘financially resilient and recession proof’ as it looks to protect itself from the coronavirus downturn, which has damaged car sales. Bentley recently announced that it would make 1,000 job cuts from its workforce to reduce costs, although this has since been scaled back.
Mini BMW isn’t planning to give up on gas engines, but its line of cars the Mini brand is also going the electric route. According to reports, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse will unveil a plan for the Mini brand to go all-electric from 2030. Mini will introduce its final Internal combustion engine model in 2025 and is aiming for half of its global sales to be electric by 2027, and before 2030, its entire fleet will be electric. Mini’s decision to go all-electric likely will appeal to its customer base in urban areas where combustion-engine cars have been targeted for restrictions or outright bans. The decision to switch to fully electric comes as BMW seeks to counter Tesla’s success with models such as the fully electric iX SUV and i4 sedan scheduled for sale this year. Currently, there’s only the Mini Cooper SE as an electric option.
While Ford is rolling out a plug-in version of its popular F-150 pickup truck in the U.S., it’s planning to keep offering the traditional internal combustion version for now. But it’s a different story in Europe. The American brand said it will transition to fully electric vehicle production gradually over the next decade. By 2024, the company’s entire commercial vehicle lineup will be a zero-emissions capable, all-electric, or plug-in hybrid. And by mid-2026, Ford says 100 percent of its passenger vehicle lineup will be the same. And finally, by 2030, Ford expects two-thirds of its commercial vehicle sales to be an all-electric or plug-in hybrid, while all of its passenger vehicles sold will be pure battery-electric. The news comes on the heels of Ford announcing that it would increase its investment in electric and autonomous vehicles to $29 billion. The automaker had previously committed to spending $11.5 billion on electrifying its vehicle lineup through 2022. Now, it will spend double that amount, while extending the timeline to 2025. The automaker has also said it will spend $1 billion to convert its factory in Cologne, Germany, into its first electric vehicle production line on the continent. In 2019, the company struck a deal with Volkswagen to use the German auto giant’s electric-vehicle modular electric vehicle platform—MEB. Volkswagen’s MEB platform will serve as the basis for the 15 million electric cars Ford aims to sell. Ford has said it will use the platform to design and build at least one high-volume fully electric vehicle in Europe starting in 2023. Ford also aims to deliver more than 600,000 European vehicles using the MEB architecture over six years, with a second all-new Ford model for European customers under discussion. The move would help Ford comply with European government mandates that push electrified vehicles and strict emissions standards.
Earlier this year, Volvo presented its second all-electric SUV and tacked on a new goal which is eliminating internal combustion engines. Volvo has also become one of the first brands to lay out plans for a future centered around electric mobility. By 2030 the Chinese-owned Swedish carmaker plans to only have electric cars available as it will phase out all car models with internal combustion engines by then, including hybrids. The carmaker is also planning to invest heavily in online sales and simplify its products. Volvo wants to capitalize on the growing demand for electric cars, especially in China, which is already one of its biggest markets. Volvo’s chief technology officer, Henrik Green, said the company needed to switch focus: “There is no long-term future for cars with an internal combustion engine. At Volvo, our customers expect high levels of us when it comes to human safety and they are starting to expect the same thing when it comes to planetary safety, we aim to live up to that, it’s the right thing to do.” So far, the automaker is getting there by adding electric versions of its gas-powered cars, like the XC40 Recharge.
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