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Audi to launch its last new combustion engine in 2026 as it switches to electric

Audi to launch its last new combustion engine in 2026 as it switches to electric

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Audi has revealed that it will produce its last-ever new combustion engine in 2026, switching to only electric powertrains after that point.

 

The revised electric plans were announced by Audi’s CEO Markus Duesmann at the Berlin Climate Conference as the firm accelerates its electrified future 

The last new combustion engine is expected to be used in the second-generation Q8, which is also set to be offered with an electric option as well. 

By 2026, Audi will only produce new cars that are powered by electric while the production of conventional petrol and diesel engines will be gradually phased out until 2033. 

Even though the combustion engine’s days appear to be numbered, Duessman said that it will continue to develop these powertrains ‘right up to its discontinuation’ and that ‘Audi’s last combustion engine will be the best we’ve ever built’. 

He also spoke out against the increasing number of bans on petrol and diesel cars being implemented by governments across the globe. Here in the UK, the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be outlawed in 2030. 

Instead, Duessman said that it should be ‘the success of technology and innovation’ that drives people towards EVs, and said that – despite setting out dates for the switch to electric cars – that the ‘exact timing will ultimately be decided by customers and legislation’.

 

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