One of Audi’s key manufacturing plants, Audi Hungaria, has officially begun series production of electric motors. Audi’s first all-electric vehicle, the e-tron, will rely heavily on the plant’s electric motor production capacity. The new dedicated 8,500-square-meter floor space uses a modular intelligent-assembly system in order to roll out 400 electric-axle motors per day.
Though this number may seem minuscule when compared to the plant’s 9,000-per-day conventional engine production, its capacity can be increased should the need arise. In fact, electric motor production is set to change from single-shift production to triple-shift. Audi has taken many measures to move fabrication forward, including the creation of a winding and inserting center. Also, instead of linking the robot, bolting, and measuring stations directly, Audi has allowed for a freer, more modular assembly method that uses intelligent IT-driven vehicles to move parts from station to station.
“Audi Hungaria has been involved in writing the growth story of the Four Rings for 25 years. Our Hungarian subsidiary is now entering a completely new field of expertise with the production of electric motors. This exclusive know‑how makes Győr into our main plant for electric motors and embodies our strategic transformation into a provider of sustainable mobility,” said Audi AG Board of Management member Peter Kössler.
“Audi Hungaria is taking on a pioneering role in the production of electric motors. I am proud of our employees’ high levels of expertise and motivation. They have successfully started the production of our new electric motor with great commitment,” said Audi Hungaria Zrt Managing Director Achim Heinfling.