A new chapter in drive production begins for Audi in Győr, Hungary, with the start of production of the electric motors for the Premium Platform Electric (PPE). The newly developed electric motors will initially be used in the Audi Q6 e-tron model series. The PPE model marks the start of production of the first fully electric Audi model at the company’s headquarters in Ingolstadt at the end of the year. Among other things, the company has set up its own battery assembly facility in Ingolstadt for this purpose. Audi Hungaria produces stators and transmission components on 15,000 square meters in a completely new production area in Győr, Hungary, and assembles the axles for the PPE there. Product testing also takes place in Győr.
In addition to the electric motors for the PPE, which power the Audi Q6 e-tron series, Győr also builds the drives for the Audi Q8 e-tron. Furthermore, an additional production area is currently being set up for the electric motors for vehicles based on the MEBeco (MEBeco = Modular Electric Drive Kit) from the Volkswagen Group.
In order to be able to manufacture the electric machines for the PPE, Vier Ringe installed three new lines. The production line for stators has 28 work steps, while gearbox production has 15. Axle assembly alone requires 190 individual assembly steps. Around 700 employees are involved in production. In series production, Győr builds up to 2,000 electric motors per day in three shifts for PPE. Production is for Audi and Porsche. Compared to the previous e-motor assembly, the vertical range of manufacture has been increased even further. “The start of production in Győr marks an important milestone in the ramp-up of production of the Audi Q6 e-tron,” says Audi Board Member for Production Gerd Walker.
Audi Production is using the switch to e-mobility for a comprehensive transformation of the global production network and has a clear vision for the production of the future with the 360factory. Audi is pursuing a holistic, sustainable approach and is modernizing, digitalizing and transforming its existing plants. Since 2020, Győr has been producing CO2-neutral with the largest photovoltaic roof system in Europe and is the largest user of industrial geothermal energy in Hungary. Audi transports the electric motors for the PPE from Győr to Ingolstadt in a CO2-neutral manner with the transport and logistics company DB Cargo.
In the year of the start of production for the PPE, Audi Hungaria can look back on a 30-year success story. The company has developed into the world’s largest drive plant and was the first manufacturer in Hungary to produce cars in the premium category. With the future production of the CUPRA Terramar, Győr is further increasing the synergies for the global production network. Technical Development delivers product developments for Audi and the Volkswagen Group. In addition to production, the company provides a wide range of services for other Group brands, relying on the extensive expertise of its employees.