Combustion Engine phase-out: the Automaker’s plans

Some states have already announced driving or sales bans for vehicles with internal combustion engines. In the past few months, several car manufacturers have announced when they will switch to electromobility and when the last combustion engine will come in one of their cars.

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From 2026, Audi will only bring new models to the world market that are electrified. In the following years, up to 2033, the Ingolstadt-based company will gradually phase out combustion engine production. To this end, Audi will greatly expand its range of fully electric models.


Over the next ten years or so, the company wants to put around ten million fully electric vehicles on the road. By 2030, at least half of global sales should consist of fully electric vehicles. The MINI brand will only be offering fully electric vehicles as early as the early 2030s.

General Motors

By the year 2035, GM wants to switch production entirely to electric cars. In addition, the company should be completely CO2-neutral by 2040. In the area of ​​battery development, the Ultium batteries developed with LG Chem should not be underestimated.


The Japanese carmaker Honda has announced that it will stop selling new gasoline cars from 2040. This also includes all hybrid models. In return, Honda plans to gradually increase the proportion of electric and fuel cell vehicles in the US, Europe, and China, aiming for 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2035.


Broken down by region, Hyundai plans to only offer ZEVs (Zero Emission Vehicles) in Europe from 2035. By 2040, Hyundai will phase out all fossil fuel vehicles in key markets. By 2040, the company predicts that battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles will account for 80 percent of total fleet sales.

Mercedes Benz

They want to offer a completely CO2-neutral fleet of passenger cars by 2039. With the “electric-only” strategy presented at the end of July 2021, Mercedes-Benz is to become fully electric by the end of the decade, wherever market conditions permit. From 2025, all new vehicle models should be exclusively electric, with a fully electric alternative to choose from for each model.


Volvo Cars want to get out of the business with cars with internal combustion engines completely. From 2030 the Swedes only want to build and sell pure electric cars. With the new decade, every new Volvo should be fully electric. Volvo has been driving the transition to electromobility with Polestar since 2017.


In Europe, they will exit the combustion engine vehicle business between 2033 and 2035. According to this, only electric vehicles will be sold in Europe from 2035. In China and the USA, it will take even longer.

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Of course, these are not all manufacturers, but it gives you a good feeling in which direction the automotive market will move in the future. Even if there will be large regional differences and the charging infrastructure will be an immense challenge, the market is trending towards e-mobility. Of course, some manufacturers also hope that an early switch will give them a boost to make up ground on Tesla. The next few years will be exciting.

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