German automaker Audi has announced that by the beginning of 2026, the brand plans to release new models onto the global market powered purely by electricity. At the Berlin climate conference, the bosses of Audi have stated that the brand will launch its final combustion-engined car as soon as 2026. The manufacturer will be gradually phasing out the production of internal combustion engines until 2033 and is accelerating the transaction towards e-mobility. The automaker aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.
The entire portfolio of electric vehicles offered by Audi is constantly expanding. The brand launched its first EV in 2018, the e-tron SUV, and since then, it has launched the e-tron GT fastback and the Q4 e-tron crossover. They have also shown us a pre-production spec of the A6 e-tron and the Q5 e-tron SUV, which is due to launch globally by next year. The brand also aims to have more than 20 distinctive e-models in its line-up by the year 2025.
Keeping in line with the brand’s electrification by 2026, the brand is also working on expanding the charging infrastructure and renewable energy sources as they believe it is crucial for the ramp-up of e-mobility and its acceptance by society. The automaker unveiled the Audi charging hub pilot project as its own premium charging solution with a reservation system and lounge for its customers.
Before you get disheartened with this news, the CEO of Audi, Mr Duesmann, has stated that “Audi’s last internal combustion engine will be the best we’ve ever built,”. The brand will also continue to invest all its efforts in developing the combustion engine right up to its final discontinuation, which they state will happen only by 2033.
Audi is working towards introducing more fully electric vehicles in India and will launch its flagship electric model, the e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback coupe SUV on the 22nd of July and watch out for our in-depth review of the e-tron coming out on the 9th of July.