Audi will only build electric cars by the end of the decade, according to the company.

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There’s no doubt about it Audi’s commitment to electrification.

German luxury brand, Luxus, has announced plans for all-electric vehicles to be built in its factories around the world by 2029. This will reduce production costs and help the automaker meet its ambitious goals. previously stated goal It is proposed to phase out all internal combustion engines by 2033.

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Automakers are a fan of Ford And General Motors may have dedicated EV production facilities—which are known as greenfields sites—but Audi wants to make sure that all of its factories can churn out battery-powered vehicles. That’s why the automaker, which is owned by Volkswagen AG, will invest €500 million (about $532 million) over the next few years streamlining how it produces vehicles, electrifying its plants and training employees all over the world to build EVs, including at a new plant set to open in Changchun, China, in 2024.

2022 Audi e-tron GT

2022 Audi e-tron GT

Audi believes that turning its existing plants into “360factories”—facilities that place equal emphasis on cost-effectiveness, sustainability, flexibility and attractiveness—will help the company save money down the line. Streamlining construction and electrifying facilities will give more flexibility, so everything can be done as planned. all-electric E-Tron GT To the internal-combustion S8 The same production line produces the cars. The company will be able to better respond to the needs of customers as more people buy SUVs and battery-powered cars.

“Step by step, we are bringing all our sites into the future,” Audi board member Gerd Walker said in a statement. “We don’t want any standalone lighthouse projects on greenfield sites. Instead, we are investing in our existing plants so they end up being just as efficient and flexible as newly built production sites or greenfield plants.”

Audi can make this commitment right now, as it is confident in its future as an automobile manufacturer. The brand has said it will only introduce EVs starting in 2026, a decision likely driven by the EU’s strict new Euro 7 emission standards, which are set to go into effect in 2025. This could spell doom for models like A1 and TT. as Motor1.com points out, but it’s hard not to be intrigued by the EVs that will their places. Particularly if you consider the RS6 Avant E-Tron This is a real possibility.

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