Audi has been in the business of producing high quality vehicles for over a century. Committed Audi customers have come to rely on their elegant style, precision engineering, and longevity. Because of this, you don’t have to look far on the roadways of Charleston, SC before spotting one of the many popular models. Ottohaus of Charleston offers superior Audi auto repair on all models, new and old. 


As a new trend toward electric vehicles takes hold, Audi is fully on board. Their stated intention is to become an all-electric brand by 2026, phasing out their production of gas, diesel, and even hybrid models over time. As a committed Audi customer, if you are thinking about making the transition to an EV, you can rest assured that Ottohaus offers the same high level of service and expertise on Audi EVs as we have on previous models. 

Similarities of Audi Gas and EV Vehicles 

Of course, Audi gas, diesel, and EV vehicles have more in common than many people may realize. Many of the same amenities and features are found in all models. For example, EVs, hybrids, gas, and diesels all have: 


  • Wheels and tires
  • Brakes
  • A/C and heating systems 
  • Sound systems
  • Safety features (crush zones, air bags, bumper systems, etc.) 
  • Insulation 
  • Electronic amenities (power door locks, windows, seats, mirrors) 
  • Safety glass 
  • Metal and plastic trim 


Problems can arise from all these and more, requiring skilled and experienced technicians for repairs. In fact, to the uninitiated, it’s hard to tell an EV from an internal combustion vehicle, and even more so a gas car from a hybrid. 

Differences of Audi Gas and EV Vehicles 

The basic difference between internal combustion and EV vehicles is their means of propulsion. This makes for a few significant changes. 


  • EVs — Fully electric vehicles do not have an internal combustion engine, but rather are propelled by electric motors that depend on a large battery for power. They must be charged from an external source. They have no exhaust system, as they produce no exhaust gasses. 
  • Hybrids — Hybrid vehicles are powered by an internal combustion engine and electric motors. The gas engine also helps to recharge the large storage battery that powers the electric motors. It has an exhaust system for the gas engine, but produces less exhaust due to the electric motors. It can be charged externally and by the gas engine (while it operates). 
  • Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles — These are the standard vehicles we all know that use an internal combustion engine (gas or diesel) for propulsion. They have an exhaust system. The battery is much smaller than in EVs or hybrids, because it is only used for starting the vehicle, after which a generator or alternator provides electricity for onboard components. 


The electrical systems will differ somewhat depending on whether the vehicle is an EV, hybrid, or internal combustion model. This is due to how the system is engineered, whether to operate from the large battery (EV or hybrid) or a generator or alternator (internal combustion). 

Reliable Audi Auto Repair in Charleston and North Charleston 

Ottohaus of Charleston is your top-tier Audi auto repair shop in Charleston and North Charleston, SC. We are trained and certified to service all models of Audi vehicles, including the newest EVs and hybrids. As always, we are the area specialists when your German-made vehicle needs maintenance or repairs. 


Contact us today to ask about Audi service or to schedule a repair appointment.