Herbert Diess, Finbar McFall, Oliver Blume.
“At the moment we assume that we will offer no new diesel vehicles in the U.S.”
VW brand chief Herbert Diess is ready to say goodbye to diesel technology and focus on electrification plans in the U.S. Framework conditions there just make it impossible to continue offering diesel engines.
“We will have plug-in hybrids very soon, even ahead of the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace.”
Finbar McFall, Global Product and Strategy executive at Jaguar Land Rover, says that by 2020, half of the carmaker’s vehicles sold will have some form or electric or hybrid drivetrain. The I-Pace will launch 2018, so it seems we can expect to see PHEV models from JLR next year.
“Mission-E has our whole concentration at the moment. Today we don’t even think about an electric 911.”
Porsche CEO Oliver Blume says that in the carmaker’s line-up, “real combustion engines” will most likely co-exist with electric drivetrains for about the next ten years. He doesn’t know what the future holds, but an electric 911 is currently not in the pipeline.