From the beginning of 2026, Audi will only release new models onto the global market that are powered purely by electricity. Audi’s final combustion engine model will start in just four years. From then on the German carmaker will only release zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs), which is great news.
As part of its strategic realignment, the company is accelerating the transition to e-mobility. The German carmaker will be gradually phasing out the production of internal combustion engines until 2033. Audi aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.
Markus Duesmann, Audi CEO, said: “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.”
The exact timing of the combustion engine’s discontinuation at Audi will ultimately be decided by customers and legislation. The company expects to see continued demand in China beyond 2033.
Fortunately, at the same time, Audi will significantly expand its range of all-electric models. Audi has already launched more electric cars than combustion engine models this year. These include new e-tron GT, RS e-tron GT, Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron models. By 2025, the brand aims to have more than 20 electric models in its lineup.
Duesmann added: “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.”
The expansion of 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. This is important to help with electric car adoption and easing range anxiety.
For example, just a few weeks ago the company from Ingolstadt unveiled the Audi charging hub pilot project as its 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.