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Volkswagen Phasing Out conventional vehicles, can build cars at Ford Factories in the United States

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Published on December 5, 2018 |

by Steve Hanley

December 5, 2018 Steve Hanley


If you had any doubt that the world’s manufacturing cars are changing, the latest news from Volkswagen should remove all remaining doubts. This week, the company said it is working on the latest generation of conventional cars with internal combustion engines. It also suggested that it could produce some cars along with Ford in the company’s American plants.

The end of the gas car line

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At an industry conference in Germany this week, Michael Jost said the strategic chief of Volkswagen to The press: “Our colleagues are working on the last platform for non-CO2-powered vehicles. We gradually disappear out of combustion engines to the absolute minimum.”

Do not think that the people in Wolf sburg has decided to make all their cars into electricity. “CO2 neutral” is probably the code for a mixture of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and completely electric cars. There may even be room for fuel cell cars. What Jost says is that all future Volkswagens will have an electric motor as part of the driveline. They really have no choice if they hope to meet emission standards that get stricter in all countries around the world (except the US, of course.)

It usually takes 3 to 5 years to design a new generation of cars and the normal time period between generations is 5 to 7 years old. It suggests that it can be up to 12 years from the beginning of VW to build all carbon neutral cars. Also, keep in mind that the cars today have a useful life of 20 years, so it can be more than three decades before the world sees the last Volkswagen powered by conventional petrol or diesel engines.

A partnership with Ford?

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Last week At the Los Angeles car show, Scott Keogh, Volkswagen’s North American Operations Manager, told the press: “We are 100 percent deep in the process of” We Need A Electric Vehicle Factory in North America “and we are holding these conversations now. We are in fairly advanced negotiations in Tennessee, but There may also be other alternatives. “Volkswagen already has a manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Diess said that his company has a new electric car coming to the US market that will sell for between $ 30,000 and $ 40,000. That car – probably ID Crozz – will enter production by 2020 but it’s unlikely that the company will have an American factory that was built then.

Leaders from Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes had a meeting in the White House under which they were “encouraged” to build more of their vehicles in the US or meet increased tariffs on the cars they import. After the meeting, VW CEO Herbert Diess told reporters: “The president has a point trying to convince us to invest more in America, and we are willing to invest more. We can use Ford capacity here in the United States to build cars for us. “

For its part, Ford softly pedaled the news and said its memorandum of understanding” covers conversations about potential collaborations in a number of areas “but” it’s too early to share further details at this time. “Like General Motors, it supports Ford car manufactures in America and have overcapacity available in their US plants.

USA Today Morgan Stanley reports have predicted Ford will cut up to 25,000 jobs in the coming months. Making cars to Volkswagen can help trim some of these jobs losing.

Just the fact that Volkswagen and Ford are holding talks illustrate the changing face of vehicle manufacturing. Many industry observers believe there will be no more than half a dozen global car manufacturers within 10 years. Will Ford be one of the existing companies that are absorbed?

Although Volkswagen has committed more than $ 50 billion to the electric vehicle transition, Ford invests significantly less than in the construction of electric cars. There is a possibility that the blue oval can disappear before the latest Volkswagen Golf comes from the unit in a few years.


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Tags: carbon car, conventional car, electric car, Ford, United States automobile production, Volkswagen

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Steve Hanley Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his home in Rhode Island and somewhere else, Singularity take him. His mouse is Charles Kuralt – “I see the way forward turns. I wonder what lies around the bend?”

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