Audi has ended development of new combustion engines as it shifts its focus to electric mobility, according to a fresh report.
Markus Duesmann, Audi’s CEO, told German publication Automobilewoche the company had stopped developing new petrol and diesel powertrains and would instead adapt current units to meet Europe’s ever-tightening emissions regulations.
“The EU plans for an even stricter Euro 7 emissions standard [due in 2025] are a huge technical challenge and at the same time have little benefit for the environment. That extremely restricts the combustion engine,” Duesmann told the publication.
“We will no longer develop a new combustion engine, but will adapt our existing combustion engines to new emission guidelines,” he added.
The Ingolstadt-based firm had previously confirmed its “broad electric offensive” would involve launching “around 20” fully electric models by 2025. Duesmann told Automobilewoche the next would be the Q4 e-tron, which he added would be “affordable for many people and the entry into e-mobility at Audi”.