Earlier this summer at the Berlin Climate Conference, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann clearly outlined the future of the brand – and, as you may have guessed, it’s electric.
Production of the final Audi with a completely newly developed, combustion engine will start in just four years. And, beginning in 2026, the plan is to only release new models purely powered by electricity.
As part of its strategic realignment, Audi has begun to accelerate its transition to e-mobility, gradually phasing out the production of internal combustion engines to 2033. The goal is net-zero emissions by 2050.
“Through our innovative strength, we offer individuals sustainable and carbon-neutral mobility options,” observed Duesmann. “I don’t believe in the success of bans. I believe in the success of technology and innovation.”
The exact timing of when the last combustion engine will roll of the floor will ultimately be decided by customers and legislation. Demand is expected to continue in China beyond 2033, which is why there could be a supply of vehicles in that country that feature locally manufactured combustion engines.
But, the focus is definitely on the range of all-electrics. With the new Audi e-tron GT, Audi RS e-tron GT, Audi Q4 e-tron and Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron models, the brand is already launching more electric cars internationally than models with combustion engines this year. By 2025, the brand aims to have more than 20 e-models in its global lineup.
Audi has begun to accelerate its transition to e-mobility, gradually phasing out production of internal combustion engines in the next 10 years.
“With this roadmap, we are creating the clarity necessary to make a decisive and powerful transition to the electric age. We’re sending the signal that Audi is ready,” summed Duesmann.
We know that the expansion of a widespread charging infrastructure and renewable energy sources is crucial for the ramp-up of e-mobility and its acceptance by drivers. According to Natural Resources Canada, there are more than 6,000 electric vehicle charging stations in Canada – that includes more than 5,200 Level 2 EV charging stations and about 1,000 DC fast chargers – and that number is growing quickly.
Audi has become actively involved in both renewable energy and charging. Just a few months ago Audi unveiled its charging hub pilot project as a premium charging solution with a reservation system and lounge. It also partnered with energy suppliers to promote the expansion of renewable energy sources.
Duesmann says that Audi plans to invest all its efforts into the development of the combustion engine right up to its final discontinuation, further improving existing generations to achieve greater efficiency with major customer benefits.
So, one thing is for sure: “Audi’s last internal combustion engine will be the best we've ever built,” he notes.
If you want to hear more about Audi’s bold vision of the future, check out our e-tron sustainability page to see how our commitment to electrification is a complete game-changer.
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