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Audi to make its last combustion engine by 2033

In a perfect world, would you choose the RS e-tron GT over an RS7?

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Unless Porsche is successful with their synthetic fuels, manufacturers will continue ditching their screamer engines in favour of batteries. Audi recently unveiled their future plans and declared that they will make their last internal combustion engine by 2033. However, the brand's 'electric revolution' will begin a lot sooner than that.

Audi Q4 e-tron

Audi Q4 e-tron

Starting 2026, the German marque will only release all-electric vehicles worldwide. This means that Audi will only unveil new electric cars from 2026 onwards, but may still continue the production of combustion engines for ongoing models. CEO of Audi, Markus Duesmann, claims that these moves have nothing to do with emissions laws, but instead are a testament to Audi's ability to innovate.

“Through our innovative strength, we offer individuals sustainable and carbon-neutral mobility options,” Duesmann stated. “I don’t believe in the success of bans. I believe in the success of technology and innovation".

Audi remains unsure to as exactly when they will be forced to cease production of combustion engines, stating that it will be determined by customer demand, legislation or both factors. Though the all-electric Audi e-tron GT is an impressive (and expensive) piece of kit, the crackles and pops of today will be missed.

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Comments (20)

  • In a perfect world, the fuel burned in an internal combustion engine wouldn't produce CO2. So we could pick either, right..?

      2 months ago
    • That's right! If you were to ignore the environmental impacts of both CO2 emissions and lithium mining, which of the two cars would you prefer? :)

        2 months ago
    • And ignore all of the oil spills and toxicity of petroleum refineries, too?

        2 months ago
  • No they won’t lol!!! The lithium shortage coming up in the mid 2020s is going to make the current chip shortage look like a joke. I predict by 2028 all these car manufacturers boasting a 100% EV lineup will be back to selling to ICE vehicles. This is assuming, of course, that the worlds power grids haven’t collapsed from the immense strain these vehicles are going to be putting on them.

      2 months ago
    • Great point about the upcoming lithium shortage, will definitely be interesting to see how manufacturers respond. I reckon we'll continue having small displacement turbocharged cars for at least another 15 years.

        2 months ago
  • Yes E-Tron over RS7. Audi doesn't make the best engines except for 5 and 6 Cylinders. So....if fine with that

      2 months ago
  • I am keeping a eye on Toyota currently I think they may have found a loophole on the ban rules.

      2 months ago
    • I think the ban hammer is coming too soon. The charging infrastructure in most places isn't there yet. Interested to see what Toyota do.

        2 months ago
  • Its probably inevitable but hopefully synthetic fuels can save our favorite engines

    Yes electric cars are definitely cool and I'm all for them but it still doesn't have the soul and feel as ICE cars

      2 months ago
    • Very well said! Imagine if the synthetic fuel ends up so cheap that manufacturers go back to V10 sports sedans 🤯

        2 months ago
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