Audi has announced it is no longer developing new internal combustion engines. "We will no longer develop a new combustion engine, but will adapt our existing combustion engines to new emission rules," CEO Markus Duesmann told German media, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, citing the EU plans for stricter Euro 7 standards.
"The EU plans for an even stricter Euro 7 emissions standard are a huge technical challenge and at the same time have little benefit for the environment. That extremely restricts the combustion engine," Duesmann told Automobilwoche.
Duesmann has not yet revealed a specific phase-out date for Audi sales of conventional engines. "More than 90 percent of the cars we currently sell are combustion engines, but the future is electric. We will manage the transition until our customers have decided to phase out the internal combustion engine," Duesmann said. Demand for conventional engines will remain significant in certain regions of the world for a while, he added.