2021 has been a strong year for Audi in terms of electric vehicle launches, with the German premium car maker doubling its product portfolio from pure electric models.
The e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT arrived at the start of the year, followed by the Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback in the spring, adding to the existing e-tron / e-tron Sportback and e. . -tron S / e-tron S Sportback.
Remarkably, with these launches Audi has brought more electric cars to market than combustion engine models in the current year.
For the next five years (2022-2026), Audi wants to accelerate the transition to what it calls âsustainable premium mobilityâ and the investments it has planned bear witness to this.
Once again, the company has pledged to increase advance payments for future vehicle projects to a total of 37 billion euros ($ 41.8 billion). Of this amount, 18 billion euros (20.3 billion dollars) are reserved for electrification and hybridization alone, a clear sign of Audi’s commitment to electromobility.
By 2025, the company aims to have more than 20 fully electric models in its lineup, which is more than any other brand has officially announced so far.
From 2026, Audi will only launch new all-electric models into the global market, with the company set to phase out production of its internal combustion engines by 2033, when it will become an all-electric brand.
Audi estimates that it will ship 3 million cars per year from 2030 based on market forecast and its model portfolio. Thanks to the growing synergies of the Volkswagen group, the company also aims to achieve an operating return on sales of over 11% in the long term.
In addition to accelerating the pace of electric vehicle launches, Audi says it is also accelerating the expansion of its charging infrastructure. The Audi charging center which opened to customers in Nuremberg, Germany on December 23 is one example, as is the e-tron charging service which is going live.
Audi’s charging service is currently available and includes around 290,000 charging points in 26 European countries. The e-tron charging service turns to IONITY, the largest open high-power charging (HPC) network in Europe.
IONITY, of which Audi is a founding member, is investing 700 million euros ($ 792 million) in its fast-charging network for electric vehicles in 24 countries. By 2025, the company has committed to increasing the number of high-performance 350 kW charging points from the current 1,500 to around 7,000.