Audi plans to finally say goodbye to internal combustion engines and switch all models to electric propulsion systems within the next two decades.
Although the head of Audi Markus Düssmann said last October that it was too early to give up on internal combustion engines, the automotive industry is inexorably moving toward total electrification. In a new interview with WirtschaftsWoche, the top manager said that the transition to electric propulsion systems is still inevitable. According to him, Audi plans to completely switch to electric power in the next 20 years. The brand is already developing a detailed schedule for the phase-out of internal combustion engines, which will be ready in the next few months.
This plan will include the phasing out of internal combustion engines at various VW Group plants. Audi introduced five electric cars and 12 plug-in hybrids in 2020, and the company plans to launch 20 more new electric cars and 10 hybrids by the middle of the decade. Duesmann expects the share of hybrids and electric cars in Audi’s global sales to grow from the current 3.5 percent to 40 percent by then. Until then, the company will work to limit emissions for internal combustion engines.