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Audi employees working with high-voltage batteries (Photo: Audi)

Audi opened a new 3,500 square meter high-voltage battery facility near its main plant in Ingolstadt, Germany, underscoring its intention to make 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.  And the carmaker will design and develop software and hardware for all HV components. It  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.”