Audi has committed to EV by revealing no new petrol or diesel cars will be launched from 2026 onwards
From 2026, Audi will only launch new cars that are powered purely by electricity.
The firm’s bold commitment to fully go EV will see the gradual withdrawal of combustion engines, with the last one predicted to be built by 2033 at the latest.
The firm is planning to significantly quicken its rollout of new EV models to drive this new strategic shift.
Already, the e-tron GT, RS e-tron GT, Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron have been launched; Audi says that in the rest of 2021, “significantly more EVs than models with combustion engines” will be introduced.
By 2025, there will be more than 20 e-tron Audi EVs on sale.
“With this roadmap, we are creating the clarity necessary to make a decisive and powerful transition to the electric age,” said Audi CEO Markus Duesmann.
“We’re sending the signal that Audi is ready.”
Audi also says it will become a net-zero emissions brand by 2050 at the latest, and is working with suppliers to promote the growth of renewable enginery sources to charge the next generation of EVs.
As an illustration of how quickly Audi is to go EV, there are reports the next-generation A3 and A4, two of Audi's best-sellers, will not have combustion engines.
Rather, they will be replaced by battery-powered Audi A3 e-tron and Audi A4 e-tron variants.
The larger A5 and A6 models will then be fully switched to EV – and Audi has already revealed plans to offer a pure electric A6 e-tron alongside existing combustion engine versions from early 2023.
It will be Audi’s largest models, such as the Q8 SUV, that will be among the last to make the switch.
Audi’s planned switch to EV is faster than its premium rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz; BMW believes 1 in 2 sales will be fully electric by 2030, while Mercedes-Benz has yet to release full details of its plans to electrify.
The first premium brand to fully go EV will be Britain’s Jaguar, which will go all-electric from 2025.