A showcase of advanced engineering
Killarney’s Electronomous is growing into a fascinating looking-glass into the future of automotive technology
Last week, I spent two days in Killarney at the Electronomous car technology conference, and came away in further awe of the men and women who are shaping our automotive future. Perhaps just as eye-opening was how much of this advanced engineering is being done in Ireland, helping this conference gain in importance every year. The calibre of the speakers reflected that. Notably, Volkswagen AG’s Maik Stephan, executive director corporate strategy, presented his company’s vision of the near future: “Our mission is e-mobility for everyone, with attractive vehicles at affordable prices. Volkswagen wants to make a substantial contribution to climate protection with e-mobility. We are clearly committed to the goals of the Paris climate protection agreement. For this purpose, it will be necessary to make mobility entirely CO2-free.” To that end, Stephan confirmed that Volkswagen would sell its last internal combustion-engined cars by 2040. And given the billions of euro invested in its move to fully electric propulsion, you can be sure this date is better thought out than some governments’ grandiose claims for an earlier shift.
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