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Audi builds electric motors in Hungary

The company itself speaks of a “new era.” Audi has started series production of electric drives in Győr, north-western Hungary. The production concept is new as well. The employees work modularly in production islands.

05 Aug. 2018
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Audi builds electric motors in Hungary (Photo: MekliZ Fotostudio Gyor Hungary)

The Bavarian carmaker Audi has been producing in Hungary for more than 25 years, with around 1.9 million engines running off the line in 2017 alone. Around 100 employees now produce electric motors in the new department . They will be used in the first all-electric Audi model e-tron, which is going to be built at the factory in Brussels in the future.

Audi is also breaking new ground in the production of electric motors. The corresponding systems, robots, and measuring stations are no longer linearly coupled, even though they are in fixed positions. The use of production islands enables a predefined sequence in the assembly, but at the same time offers more flexibility in the production process, according to Audi Hungaria.

The starting signal for series production at Audi can be seen as a further indication that electric drives are becoming increasingly popular as compared to fuel cell. The latter will hardly have a chance, reported “ Süddeutsche Zeitung ” as the development of batteries and charging infrastructure for electric motors is progressing rapidly. Fuel cells are “a billion dollar grave” for automakers.