Audi opened a new 3,500 square meter high-voltage battery facility near its main plant in Ingolstadt, Germany, underscoring its intention to makeÂ electric vehicles a more important part of its product lineup by the end of the decade.
By 2020, the Volkswagen Group premium car division wants to offer an electric e-tron model in every segment of the market.
At the project house, engineers, working closely with partners, are building a prototype for special battery cells for high-voltage batteries.
The new facility will also test high-voltage batteries at the cell, module and system level. Â And theÂ carmaker will design and develop software and hardware for all HV components. It Â also plans to manufacture the batteries for the brand's R8 and A1 e-tron models.
Audi hired around 100 electronics experts especially for the project house.
Said Frank Dreves, head of Audi's manufacturing: "The close collaboration in the high-voltage battery project house paves the way for efficient, sustainable series production of electric cars.”