According to Markus Duesmann, Audi would become a 100% electric brand by 2035.
Not long ago, Audi did not sell any electric vehicles. But things have changed, and with the arrival of the Audi e-tron, things have accelerated for the ring manufacturer. It has launched the Sportback version of its SUV and is preparing to reveal and launch the e-tron GT in the coming weeks. Other electric models are planned by the Ingolstadt brand such as the Q4 e-tron.
The gradual end of thermal engines
It is obvious that Audi is gradually moving towards electric, and it is not his boss Markus Duesmann who will say otherwise. In an interview with German magazine WirtschaftsWoche, he said his company would focus more on electric cars and that his teams were in the process of implementing a schedule that envisages the phasing out of thermal engines. This is conditioned by the success of the electric cars that the ring manufacturer has planned in the coming years.
A growing electric supply
This transition will not happen overnight, Markus Duesmann estimates that it will take 10 to 15 years before Audi sells only electric vehicles. The switch to all-electric will therefore be smooth and not without plug-in hybrid vehicles. There are ten of them at the beginning of 2021, but there will be more in the future. By 2025, Audi expects to market 30 electrified vehicles that will account for 40% of its global sales.
Previously, the boss of Audi said that the manufacturer will catch up (in the field of electric) by leaps and bounds. The next step is to quickly bring the e-tron GT to market and launch other models with higher sales volume. We will talk about that later.