Audi to end ICE car production by 2026
Emissions regulations mean that in 5 years time, Audi will no longer make petrol and diesel cars.
At the Climate Neutrality Foundation conference, CEO of the company Markus Duesmann made a speech unveiling Audi's radical plans for the future of the brand, and electrification becomes a mainstream concept in the automotive industry.
In his speech, Duesmann stated, "Through our innovative strength, we offer individuals sustainable and carbon-neutral mobility options. I don’t believe in the success of bans. I believe in the success of technology and innovation.”
The company will develop their last ICE-powered car in 2026, and from that point on they will produce models powered purely by electricity. As many other car companies, Audi aims to achieve zero emissions by 2050.
However, Duesmann also added that the time when they will phase out production of ICE models will also be determined by their customers and legislation; in markets such as the UK, the company will most likely phase out production before 2030, while in other markets such as US that will come at a much later date.
It truly looks like what Jeremy Clarkson thought was impossible around 4 years ago has finally happened, as more mainstream manufacturers have come to realise the benefits of electrification and have brought it to the mainstream. I can honestly say I'm excited for what developments are coming next.