Within five years, the company will gradually start taking its petrol and diesel models off production lines. Models launched by 2026 will continue to be manufactured for a time and the company will abandon internal combustion engine models completely in 2033.
That means that its A3 and A4 models will undergo no further development. The last model with an internal combustion engine will be its Q city and off-road car in 2026.
With Europe planning to become carbon-neutral by 2050, considerable attention is being paid to transport and intentions to phase out the use of fossil fuels – and therefore petrol and diesel – in vehicles.
Plans call for new emission norms be established in 2025, rules that could effectively mean a ban on cars with internal combustion engines by the end of the decade.
According to a forecast by Bloomberg NFF, the number of electric vehicles the world over will increase more quickly than had earlier been predicted. Mercedes-Benz has said it will stop development of new cars with internal combustion engines. German competitor BMW has announced no specific plans for a transition, but experts say this is simply a matter of time.