Audi’s Last ICE Model Emerges in Just Four Years Time

Audi has pledged to send its final ICE powered to market in four years time and be releasing only new BEVs models within two years after this deadline.

Thereafter, the automaker will be gradually phasing out the production of internal combustion engines until 2033. Audi says it aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest is accelerating the transition to e-mobility as part of its strategic realignment.

It recognizes that the expansion of a widespread charging infrastructure and renewable energy sources is vital if the transition to e-mobility brings consumers with it instead of holding on to aging ICE powered vehicles that can, effectively, be repaired, maintained and used indefinitely while oil reserves allow. To this end, Audi has unveiled a charging hub pilot project as its own premium charging solution with a reservation system and lounge. It says it has also partnered with energy suppliers to promote the expansion of renewable energy sources.

Don’t ban ICE

Audi CEO Duesmann speaking at the Climate Neutrality Foundation conference, said: “Audi is ready to make its decisive and powerful move into the electric age.” However, he took time to criticize some European government plans setting deadlines for the banning of the sale of new ICE powered vehicles in a bid to force consumers into BEV transportation.

Duesmann continued. “I don’t believe in the success of bans. I believe in the success of technology and innovation.” By 2025, the brand aims to have more than 20 e-models in its lineup. “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,” said Duesmann.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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