Audi has announced that it will phase out the production and sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars by 2033, shifting its focus entirely to battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). The company plans to launch only all-electric models on the global market starting in 2026, and by 2029, all of its current production sites will be producing at least one all-electric model.
The phase-out of combustion models will be implemented gradually over the next decade, depending on local conditions. To meet its 2033 goal, Audi will not build new “greenfield” sites, but will instead expand existing plants where additional capacity is needed.
Audi has announced its plans to cut annual factory costs in half and reduce the ecological footprint of its production by 2033. The company aims to make all of its production sites worldwide carbon neutral by 2025 and to cut its absolute environmental impact in various areas, such as primary energy consumption and CO2 emissions, in half by 2030 compared to 2018 levels.
As part of these efforts, Audi and its partner FAW are building a new plant in Changchun, China, where only all-electric models based on the PPE (Premium Platform Electric) technology platform will be produced. This will be the first automotive plant in China to exclusively produce all-electric Audis. The plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.