Audi CEO Markus Düsmann, at the Speigel-BCG Climate Conference, identified hydrocarbon production as the main cause of climate change.
“Climate change is caused by the fossil fuels we extract from the earth. It should stop. We need a society free from fossils, ”he said.
He intends to achieve this with the help of electrification, although more than ten years remain before the brand’s full transition to electric traction.
Earlier this year, the company announced that by 2025 there will be 20 all-electric cars in the model line, and by 2033 there will be no internal combustion engines at all. At the same time, Audi promises that from 2026 all new models of the brand will be exclusively electric. Plug-in hybrids, according to Duesmann, will “bridge the gap” between ICE and electric cars, thereby “smoothing out the transition to electric traction.” He added that “there will still be a place for hybrids in the next few years.” Talking about electric cars, the head of Audi also emphasized the importance of infrastructure:
“Where there are electric cars, there should be charging stations. There really can’t be too many of them. ”
At the same time, electric vehicles will by no means provide a greater range on a single charge. Duesmann stated that future Audi with electric propulsion systems will, on the contrary, be less “long-range”. “I don’t think installing large batteries, with a range of thousands of kilometers, will become a trend,” he said. The development of infrastructure for electric cars in the form of an increase in the number of charging stations will make this simply unnecessary, the top manager said. As a result, battery capacity will begin to decrease, making EVs lighter and less expensive.