As OEMs try to reduce CO2 and transition to electric vehicles in the face of the high fines, we expect a profound impact on vehicle design. Although OEMs in Europe are facing billions of euros worth of fines as stricter CO2 emission regulations come into effect next year, the acceleration towards electric and hybrid powertrains is resulting in new innovations in vehicle platform engineering to reduce energy consumption. At Automotive from Ultima Media, we foresee big changes in vehicle design and engineering as manufacturers strive for CO2 savings, and especially as they move away from modified ICE platforms. In our latest report, “Climate Change vs. Carmakers”, we forecast a significant shift towards vehicle electrification as carmakers try to meet the targets, which phase in during 2020 and 2021, and will tighten further over the next decade. According to Daniel Harrison, automotive analyst and author of the report, many carmakers in Europe have so far electrified their range by modifying existing models. The Volkswagen e-Golf, for example, is based on a standard Golf, using the MQB platform shared by a large range of petrol and diesel vehicles across the group. The electric ...