The United Kingdom announced last month that it will be bringing forward its ban of internal combustion engines from 2040 to 2030, but Aston Martin believes that its internal combustion engined (ICE) cars will not completely disappear even after 2030, despite the ban in its home country, Autoblog reports.
Speaking at the Financial Times Future of the Car summit, Aston Martin CEO Lawrence Stroll said, “By 2030, 5% of business will still always be ICE. I never see it going down to zero.” He added that there is “always going to be enthusiasts” who are looking for ICE-powered cars, and will have the means to pay for it.
As a result, the company says that it will be continuing its investments in petrol engines in the coming years. Stroll announced that some of the company’s future models will continue using engines built by Mercedes-AMG, but they’ll be tuned in-house.
“Our current AMG engines are just that: AMG engines in an Aston. With this new deal, we will have bespoke AMG engines for Aston with different outputs, torque characteristics, etc. They’ll still be AMG components, but they’ll be bespoke-manufactured in Germany,” said Stroll.
Currently, most of the brand’s models are powered by the AMG-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, though the company also has a 5.2-litre V12 unit – found in the DBS Superleggera – that it partly designed in-house, and a brand-new 3.0-litre V6 that is currently in development.
The news comes after Aston Martin’s renewed partnership with Daimler, which saw Mercedes-Benz’s parent company increase its stake in the British boutique sports carmaker up to 20%. However, as we reported earlier this year, the new “strategic partnership” was catered more towards electrification efforts, with Aston Martin being allowed access to Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation hybrid and electric powertrains.
As it stands, the United Kingdom will be enforcing a blanket ban on all ICE-powered vehicles sold in the country from 2030 onwards. However, it is presumed that owners will still be able to drive it on private properties, such as racetracks.