Due to rising climate concerns, the car industry is bringing cleaner cars on the market quicker than expected: now, German auto manufacturer Audi has planned to stop the production of cars powered by combustion engines within the next 5 years.
The plan was developed in silence a year ago by Markus Duesmann upon becoming CEO of Audi. The German automaker won’t even produce hybrid models, meaning that only battery vehicles will come out of its production line. Audi’s A3 and A4 models will be completely redesigned and renamed. The last vehicle powered by a combustion engine will be a Q model, an urban SUV.
Audi is not the only car manufacturer to make a shift towards electric cars: Fiat, Jaguar, and Land Rover, among others, also have similar goals. Daimler from the Mercedes-Benz family, for example, aims to reach 50% of the sales share of electric and hybrid cars by 2030. Many of its electric cars were supposed to reach the market in 2024, and they’re now expected to be ready a year earlier. BMW is also shooting for half of the cars it produces to be electric by 2030.