All Audi plants will produce electric cars
Audi’s CEO Rupert Stadler confirmed in a general staff meeting that all of the company’s plants would produce electric cars in the near future. The new measure is part of Audi’s new objective to electrify 25% of its range by 2025.
Audi Brussels will not be the only one to produce electric cars for the famous German carmaker. During this year’s general staff meeting in Ingolstadt, CEO Rupert Stadler confirmed that all of the brand’s plants will build electric vehicles.
Until now, only the Brussels plant was confirmed for the electric car production. Next year it will assemble the e-tron EV, first full-electric SUV from Audi, sitting between the Q5 and Q7. It is a direct competitor for the Tesla Model S. In 2019, the Brussels plant will also produce the e-tron Sportback, a road going version of this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show Elaine concept.
The company confirmed in May that it will be using the Volkswagen MEB platform for a smaller, compact electric vehicle to appear in 2020. But Audi doesn’t want to stop there. 20 models will be electrified with about a dozen of them to be fully electric. It’s part of the Volkswagen Group’s new electric future after Dieselgate.
“We knew very well that we hadn’t the capacities to produce that much electric cars in one year”, says Audi Brussels’ General Secretary Andreas Cremer. In 2016, Audi sold 1,87 million cars and a quarter of that represents 467.500 cars. It’s more than four times the 100.000 A1 Brussels produces each year.
The MED based compact electric car will not be built in Brussels because the plant has only been designed to build the two electric SUVs. Staff representatives ask the brand to tell them where each electric vehicle will be built by the end of this year. More than half of Audi’s workforce is based in Germany, assembling cars in its Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm plants. The brand also has plants in Brussels, Hungary and Mexico.