02 Aug Audi to build new e-tron electric motors in Hungary
The Audi Hungaria facility located in Gyor, Hungary, has begun building what the German manufacturer refers to as electric motor axles, which combine motors with their power control electronics. These motors will be a core part of the new e-tron SUV which is due to launch in the US on September 18 this year.
The factory in Hungary is one of Audi’s highest volume engine plants, so it is no surprise it has been put to work producing the new electric engines that will power Audi’s all-new electric lineup and will hopefully become a mainstay of the brand in the future.
The beauty of the plant in Hungary is that the setup is modular. That means that Audi can adjust production as needed at high speeds. As such, we are unlikely to see any of the development issues that have plagued Tesla when it has come to producing their Model 3. The plant is currently staffed by 100 employees with the capacity to produces 400 electric motor axles per day. By the end of the year, however, Audi has said that this will expand to 130 workers who will work in three shifts to ensure there is no slow down in production. Audi has been lauded for its production techniques, which it says are so precise that the tight windings of copper wire within motor coils increase efficiency and will allow Audi electric engines to go further before recharging. It is good that production will ramp up as each new e-tron will require two electric motor axels since the SUV is four-wheel drive.
Aside from the electric engines., Audi Hungaria also builds six gas and three diesel engines. A grand total of 1.96 million engines were built there last year. Aside from current and new production, Audi has also installed three test benches at the plant so that technicians can experiment with electric engines and staff can become electrical experts.
What will the e-tron look like and when will it be released?
Audi will reveal the e-tron in San Francisco later this year on September 18. The new all-electric SUV will have a 95 kWh battery pack that sits in the floor of the car and will allow for 250 miles of driving before running out of charge. You will be able to charge up at home, however, as Audi plans to offer home chargers at 11 kWh or 22 kWh ratings that will charge the e-tron to full in 8.5 hours and 4.5 hours respectively. The manufacturer is also teaming up with Volkswagen to provide charging stations throughout the US.