One of Tesla’s competitors in the premium segment, German automaker Audi, has announced that it is abandoning the development of new internal combustion engines. The statement was related by Audi CEO Markus Duesmann in a recent interview with German media.
While addressing Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Duesmann explained that Audi’s decision is partly due to the EU’s plans for a stricter Euro 7 emissions standard. “We will no longer develop a new combustion engine, but will adapt our existing combustion engines to new emission guidelines,” he said, adding that the Euro 7 standard plans are “technically a huge challenge with at the same time little benefit for the environment.”
“This places extreme restrictions on the internal combustion engine,” Duesmann added.
The Audi CEO did not share the date when the last Audi with an ICE would be sold. Considering that some areas of the globe remain lagging in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, however, Duesmann noted that Audi would continue to sell combustion enginesfor many years to come. The cars will just have to be equipped with the company’s existing combustion engines.