Mercedes puts combustion engine development on hold

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Words: Nile Bijoux
20 Sep 2019

Mercedes-Benz has put internal combustion engine development on hold to focus more on electrification, according to a German publication.

Auto Motor und Sport cited Daimler development chief, Markus Schäfer, in saying the German manufacturer is now focusing on electrification after refreshing its core engine line-up. In fact, this generation of combustion engine could be its last.

The news follows a similar announcement by VW, which said in 2018 that the last production date for a combustion vehicle platform will be 2026, with the final ICE death knell coming in 2040. Volkswagen wants to do its part for the Paris Climate Agreement, which stipulates a climate-neutral society after 2050.

Volvo has also announced a similar move, saying the end of its diesel engines will come in 2023.

 

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