Audi is ready to make its decisive move into e-mobility. Speaking at Berlin Climate Conference, Markus Duesmann, Audi’s CEO, has recently spoken about the future plans of the major car manufacturer. He stated that, starting in 2026, Audi will only launch new all-electric models on the global market. In addition, Audi will phase out production of the last internal combustion engines by 2033, including hybrid vehicles.
Even though we’re not talking about commercial vehicles, this seems to be a very significant news for the whole world of transportation, increasingly focused on emissions reduction.
Audi towards e-mobility by 2033, except for China
«Through our innovative strength, we offer individuals sustainable and carbon-neutral mobility options. I don’t believe in the success of bans. I believe in the success of technology and innovation», said Duesmann.
The exact timing of the combustion engine’s discontinuation at Audi will ultimately be decided by customers and legislation. The only exception foreseen by the company concerns the Chinese market, whose demand for ICE-powered cars is expected to go beyond 2033. This is why there could be a supply of vehicles there with combustion engines manufactured locally. At the same time, Audi will significantly expand its range of all-electric models, achieving the target of more than 20 e-models in portfolio by 2025.
Audi is ready to make its decisive and powerful move into the electric ageMarkus Duesmann, Audi’s CEO
The matter of charging infrastructure and energy sources
According to Audi, the expansion of a widespread charging infrastructure and renewable energy sources is also crucial for the ramp-up of e-mobility and its acceptance by society. Audi is actively involved in both areas. For example, just a few weeks ago the company from Ingolstadt unveiled the Audi charging hub pilot project as its own premium charging solution with a reservation system and lounge. On top of that, the carmaker has partnered with energy suppliers to promote the expansion of renewable energy sources.
Audi will also be investing all its efforts in the development of the combustion engine right up to its final discontinuation, further improving existing generations to achieve greater efficiency with major customer benefits.