Audi to turn into an EV Brand
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Audi to turn into an EV brand.

Automakers are now devising ways to implement an all-electric vehicle portfolio, however, the process will take time. Following the Volkswagen Group's announcement of a change in focus and investment toward electric vehicle research, the company's subsidiary brands — Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini, and Bentley — have all revealed new EV models or advancements. 

According to the German magazine "Süddeutsche Zeitung," Audi is considering discontinuing its complete line of gasoline and diesel automobiles. Soon, the German premium and luxury carmaker will completely transform into an electric vehicle manufacturer.  Audi claimed that it sees a future for conventional engines, this may lead the firm to go all-electric within the next two decades.

Audi is expected to deliver its final ICE-powered vehicle, the Q5, in 2026, with production continuing until 2033. Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board of Audi AG, allegedly notified workers councils and top management that the carmaker will transition to an all-electric brand and phase out new diesel and gasoline vehicles beginning in 2026. This plan also encompassed hybrid cars.

In an article published last week, Audi is reportedly planning to offer a transition schedule in the coming months that contains specific dates for the changeover. This will offer a better overall picture of the company's plan, which will include the date by when the company's various plants will stop making combustion engines. 

While a 10- to 15-year transition is predicted, it is an estimate. While the firm is readying a new range of electric vehicles for the near future, long-term planning is not simple even for a major automaker.

Five plug-in-electric vehicles and twelve plug-in-hybrid variants were available by Audi towards the end of 2020. This number will only grow as the firm intends to sell around 30 plug-in cars by the middle of the next decade, including approximately 20 all-electric versions. 

Additionally, the business anticipates that overall plug-in sales would rise from 3.5 percent to 40% by that time. Until Audi entirely transitions to electric vehicles, the firm will continue to seek to improve the efficiency of combustion engines.

Audi's upcoming EV is already in production, even before the company has unveiled the new vehicle. The E-Tron GT is scheduled to go on sale in spring 2021 and is expected to arrive in the United States several months later with a six-figure price tag. Earlier this year, the RS E-Tron registered blazing acceleration numbers, reaching 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) in 2.88 seconds and 100 miles per hour (160 kilometres per hour) in 6.86 seconds. This is the next phase in Audi's lengthy journey toward complete electrification.

Audi has already stated that it will cease the development of its internal combustion engine series. Audi then launched the e-Tron, e-Tron Sportback, Q4 e-Tron, and e-Tron GT as part of its ambition to launch a total of 20 new battery-electric cars by 2026.

According to reports, the A3 and A4 models would no longer be followed by ICE-powered successors. Both models are in the process of being completely rebuilt and given new names.

While this does not imply you will be unable to purchase a new Audi powered by gasoline or diesel after 2026. After 2026, the manufacturer will discontinue the production of ICE-powered cars. However, Audi is allegedly planning to phase out the production of ICE-powered vehicles altogether by 2033, at which point the brand would focus only on battery electric vehicles. 

Keep an eye on Express Drives for further information on the forthcoming Audi e-tron battery-electric SUV.

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