Audi has now clarified when it plans on stopping combustion power.
Audi's announcement in March that it would no longer develop new gas or diesel engines was emphatic. What was less clear at the time was how long it would be until the German marque phased out internal combustion engines entirely. Days ago, Audi boss Markus Duesmann was reported to have said that the company would only produce new gas and diesel cars until 2026 after which it would go all-electric. Audi itself has now confirmed that much but the wording demands some clarification as the company's combustion engines will still be around beyond 2026. We now know that the phasing out of Audi's internal combustion engines will last until 2033, even if the brand's newly introduced vehicles from 2026 will be pure battery-electrics. The table below maps out the company's e-mobility timeline.
This means that for more than another decade, you'll still be able to buy an Audi and fill it up at the pumps. A statement from the automaker said: "Production of Audi's final completely newly developed combustion model will start in just four years. The manufacturer will be gradually phasing out the production of internal combustion engines until 2033."
This is a longer timeframe than was expected following the announcement in March. Then again, Audi also specified that the timing for combustion engines being discontinued is dependent on customers and legislation in certain locations. "The company expects to see continued demand in China beyond 2033, which is why there could be a supply of vehicles there with combustion engines manufactured locally," said the statement.
Although an entirely electric Audi fleet is still some way off, the company is still committing to its transition with an aim of net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. By 2025, Audi hopes to have 20 e-models in its lineup. Among them are models like the e-tron GT and the Q4 Sportback e-tron.
Duesmann hinted that Audi will depart the combustion engine era on a high note. "Audi's last internal combustion engine will be the best we've ever built," he said. With the all-new Audi A4 expected in 2023, perhaps the next-generation hybridized RS4 will be the recipient of the brand's last internal combustion engine, or perhaps Audi's five-pot in the upcoming RS3 could be the final swansong? Time will tell.