Volkswagen Questions Future Of Diesel, Admits Electrification Will Be Easier, Cheaper
The fallout from the Dieselgate Scandal continues…with Volkswagen now intensely focusing on electric cars, perhaps Dieselgate will be what’s need to force a turnaround at VW.
Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller has even gone on record now stating that diesel may not be in VW’s future. Could the “clean diesel” engine actually be eliminated from Volkswagen future vehicles? It seems likely. Quoting the CEO:
“Against this background, we have to ask ourselves whether… we want to spend more money on the further development of diesel.”
Mueller says that VW will take a “fundamental” look at diesels, but it seems quite clear that his mind is made up already. Quoting Mueller:
“We have an inkling of what will follow in five or 10 years.”
“It’s clear even today that treating exhaust gas fumes will become very costly and elaborate.”
So, diesel treatment will cost more as emission standards tighten, while at the same time electric car costs will decrease, admits Mueller.
It seems Volkswagen’s all-in electric car approach is both necessary and will be beneficial to the automaker in the long run.