AUDI is accelerating its zero emission plans and has announced that by 2026 every new car it develops will run on electricity.
The German brand says it will phase out production of combustion engines by 2033 and the company aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
The strategy was announced by chief executive Markus Duesmann at the Climate Neutrality Foundation conference.
"Through our innovative strength, we offer individuals sustainable and carbon-neutral mobility options," Duesmann said.
"I don't believe in the success of bans. I believe in the success of technology and innovation."
The exact timing of the combustion engine's discontinuation at Audi will ultimately be decided by customers and legislation.
The company expects to see continued demand in China beyond 2033, which is why there could be a supply of vehicles there with combustion engines manufactured locally.
At the same time, Audi will significantly expand its range of all-electric models.
With the new e-tron GT, RS e-tron GT, Q4 e-tron, and Q4 Sportback e-tron models, Audi is already launching more electric cars than models with combustion engines this year.
By 2025, the brand aims to have more than 20 e-models in its lineup.
"With this roadmap, we are creating the clarity necessary to make a decisive and powerful transition to the electric age. We're sending the signal that Audi is ready," said Duesmann.
The expansion of a widespread charging infrastructure and renewable energy sources is also crucial for the ramp-up of e-mobility and its acceptance by society and Audi is actively involved in both areas.
Recently the company from Ingolstadt unveiled the Audi charging hub pilot project as its own premium charging solution with a reservation system and lounge. On top of that, the carmaker has partnered with energy suppliers to promote the expansion of renewable energy sources.
Audi will also be investing all its efforts in the development of the combustion engine right up to its final discontinuation, further improving existing generations to achieve greater efficiency with major customer benefits.
Mr Duesmann concluded::. "Audi's last internal combustion engine will be the best we've ever built,"