Audi’s Final Internal Combustion Engine Car To Be In 2026

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Audi has confirmed that production of its last Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) car will be as soon as 2026. After this, all new Audi models will be electric cars.

The news comes as part of the German manufacturer’s push to transition to e-mobility in order to meet its aims of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

 
Audi e-mobility roadmap
 

According to Audi, the premium automotive giant will be phasing out production of ICEs until 2033. The brand already has five models that are part of their all-electric e-tron line-up, including the e-tron, Q4 e-tron and e-tron GT and e-tron GT RS.

They won’t be stopping here, however. By 2025, Audi plans to have 30 new electrified models joining its range as part of a €10 million (£8.5 million) spend on electric mobility.

 

“Through our innovative strength, we offer individuals sustainable and carbon-neutral mobility options. I don’t believe in the success of bans. I believe in the success of technology and innovation.”

Markus Deusmann, Audi CEO
 

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What is Audi e-tron and Audi AI?

 

E-tron refers to the existing all-electric range of Audi models.

However, it appears that not all future Audi models that use an electric drivetrain will be badged as e-tron. The brand has hinted that its list of concept cars will fall under the name ‘Audi AI’.

There are four different Audi concept EVs in the pipeline.

 

Audi AI: TRAIL

 
Audi AI TRAIL
 

Using some serious off-roading features and a fully-electric engine, the AI:Trail is aptly named. In some ways, you could compare it to the Tesla Cybertruck in that both have the same purpose: to tackle any terrain in an eco-friendly manner.

The design is one of a futuristic, four-door buggy, with the battery located in the underbody of the vehicle and featuring four electric motors. According to Audi, this layout gives the car a low centre of gravity that aids performance.

Rumour has it that the AI:Trail will have five drones that will act as lighting and cameras. As well as making it fully visible in the dark, this will also light the way for passengers stepping in and out of the car.

 

Audi AI:ME

 
Audi AI ME
 

The AI:ME takes the form of compact model suitable for the city.

A distinctive, raised roofline and ‘armchair seats’ are expected to create what Audi describes as a “third living space”.

Taking futurism to the max, it’s also rumoured that the AI:ME will have sophisticated onboard displays dominating the cockpit. As you’d expect from a car that will be released decades in the future, all the tech onboard is said to be controllable through touch and voice control.

 

Audi AI:CON

 
Audi AI CON
 

The Audi AI:CON has more of a coupe-style body that has a striking design, encouraged by its precise level of symmetry.

Perhaps the most radically futuristic models of the bunch, the AI:CON is said to have no steering wheel and pedals. In this instance, there’s no real need for a driver.

In the words of the brand, it’s the “autonomous Audi of the future”. This is taken one step further with the bold claim that the AI:CON can pull up to a charging station and charge its own battery, which delivers a range of between 435 and 497 miles when full. These figures are ludicrous by today’s standard of EVs, but it’s something we can certainly get excited by.

 

Audi AI:RACE

 
Audi AI RACE
 

Electric hypercars are high up on Audi’s agenda, with the recent release of the e-tron GT and rapid alternative e-tron GT RS giving the likes of the Porsche Taycan a run for its money.

Enter the Audi AI:RACE which doesn’t beat around the bush. Both its name and design suggest a seriously rapid, zero-emissions model that will probably take on the most established sports cars.

This last point would be set in stone if Audi were to deliver the acceleration figures that they’re suggesting (0-62mph in just two seconds). Couple this with the extremely attractive broad and flat design that bears an uncanny resemblance to the Audi R8, and you’ve got yourself a seriously impressive electric race car.

 

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