The German brand has already confirmed that it was abandoning the development of new diesel and gasoline engines, but now it dates the end of its models with these mechanics, with the aim of focusing on the electrical
Audi has been warning us for some time that it is facing an unstoppable electric revolution, and it is that its current and increasingly numerous e-Tron family has been joined in recent months by the announcement that new internal combustion engines, as much gasoline, are abandoning development as diesel. Now the Ingolstadt firm has taken a new step on that transition path towards 100% electric mobility, and that is because it has already set a deadline for the last new internal combustion cars that it will manufacture, a beginning of the end that is closer to those that many imagined: in 2026.
It will only survive a little longer in hybrids
The announcement was made by the chairman of the Audi board, Markus Duesmann, to company executives and labor representatives, according to the German media Süddeutsche Zeitung, which Reuters has also collected. As explained, Duesmann explained that this end in 2026 will come to both diesel and gasoline engine models, although the latter will presumably hold out for a longer time as part of the brand's hybrid models.
An unstoppable transition
Audi's absolute commitment to electrification is not something that takes practically anyone by surprise, since they are following the same path as its sister brand and parent Volkswagen, which has also made its 100% electric future clear both announcing the end of development of new combustion engines, as announcing the end of the production of new models with this mechanism in 2026, like Audi.
It will be interesting to see how these two brands will make such a big change in a matter of just 5 years, and if they will succeed, both to aspire to the throne of Tesla in the electric car market, and against their closest rivals such as BMW and Mercedes, which, although they are also strongly committed to electrification, seem to be more willing to keep the internal combustion engine alive for a while longer at least.