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Audi CEO reveals timetable for manufacturer to grow to be electric powered-only

BERLIN — Audi will conclude progress of new internal combustion engine types by the end of 2026 and focus only on complete-electric drivetrains, German media stories stated.

Following 2026, the automaker will only establish battery-driven models, in accordance to Automobilwoche, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe, and a report in German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung

The conclusion was declared by Audi CEO Markus Duesmann at a management conference at the automaker’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, on Thursday, according to the reviews, which cited business resources.

Though Audi strategies to quit manufacturing of new gasoline, diesel and hybrid cars and trucks, its new versions introduced by 2026 will continue to be developed and bought right until the early 2030s. Just after that time, Audi will develop into a purely electric powered car maker.

In accordance to Automobilwoche, the A3 and A4 will not have combustion-motor successors but will be replaced by the battery-run A3 e-tron and A4 e-tron. The electrical evolution of Audi’s A5 and A6 versions will abide by a comparable timetable, German business paper Handelsblatt explained.

The previous inside combustion engine model built by Audi will likely be the Q8, which will launch in 2026 together with an electric powered variant, the Q8 e-tron. The interior combustion motor Q8 will then be developed right up until 2032, Handelsblatt explained, citing unnamed resources in Audi.

In April, Audi announced programs to promote the A6 e-tron entire-electric powered automobile alongside the regular A6 interior combustion engine styles when it goes on sale in early 2023. An A6 e-tron concept unveiled at the Shanghai vehicle demonstrate in April has a 100-kilowatt-hour battery that will allow a assortment of above 700 km (435 miles) in generation kind.

It will be Audi’s 2nd motor vehicle built on the PPE (high quality platform electric powered) architecture designed with Porsche, following the Q6 e-tron massive SUV owing to be introduced in the 2nd fifty percent of 2022.

Audi plans to grow its full-electric powered lineup to 20 styles globally by 2025, Duesmann reported in March. Audi and Volkswagen Team sister brand Porsche approach to promote 7 million autos based on the PPE system by 2030.

Audi’s present full-electric autos are the e-tron, e-tron Sportback and e-tron GT. The e-tron and e-tron Sportback are based on Audi’s MLB Evo system when the e-tron GT shares its J1 system with the Porsche Taycan.