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Stefan Hartung: Customers “cannot force” the end of combustion engines, says Bosch boss

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Stefan Hartung: Customers “cannot force” the end of combustion engines, says Bosch boss

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Bosch boss says that customers “can’t force the end of combustion engines”.

Status: 03.03.2024 | Reading time: 2 minutes

Stefan Hartung, CEO of the technology group Bosch

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From 2035 onwards, only vehicles that no longer emit CO2 will be allowed to be brought onto the market in the EU – a requirement that is being put to the test. The supplier Bosch sees companies as having an obligation to offer combustion engines.

The supplier Bosch believes that companies have an obligation to offer combustion engines despite the electric car offensive. “We have to continue to provide combustion engine technology in Germany, otherwise the world will not be able to cope with it,” Bosch boss Stefan Hartung told the portal „The Pioneer“ .

You cannot force customers outside Europe not to use combustion engines, also because there are sometimes no alternative solutions, he explained with a view to the possible end of this technology in the European Union.

Combustion engines would also be on the roads for many decades, said the head of the auto supplier. It will take at least 30 to 35 years to electrify all vehicles worldwide. There are an estimated 1.4 billion cars around the globe.

How long the combustion engine shutdown could really last

If you take the global auto industry’s annual manufacturing capacity of around 90 million vehicles as a basis and only build electric cars from now on, it would take at least 16 years to replace the entire vehicle fleet. In reality, combustion engines would continue to be produced and would have to be replaced over time. It is therefore plausible to assume at least twice the number of years.

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From 2035 onwards, only vehicles that no longer emit CO2 will be allowed to be brought onto the market in the EU. The requirement is to be reviewed in 2026. Recently, electric car sales in Germany and other countries had stalled.

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