Clean Disruption News: Audi will build electric cars in all factories worldwide, expanding from previous plans
Yesterday Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said that Audi will build electric cars in all of their factories around the world, including plants in Mexico and Hungary, Automotive News reports. Previously, we reported on Audi’s main worker union demanding that Audi build EVs in their main plant in Ingolstadt, Germany, not just in smaller plants as they had previously planned.
Today’s comments seem a response to that demand, only even more sweeping than the union had requested. Not only will Audi build EVs in their main plant in Ingolstadt, but they will build them in their factories all over the rest of the world as well.
Audi’s labor union’s reasoning for demanding EVs be built in the main plant is that Audi needs to bring EVs into main focus, rather than as a side project, given that the future of the automotive industry is heading in that direction and it would be a disservice to Audi’s workers not to take the shift to new automotive technologies seriously.
Audi’s first EV, the e-tron quattro SUV, has been assigned to a plant in Brussels for production in 2018, and its second, the e-tron Sportback, will also be built in Brussels starting in 2019. Audi says it will have “about a dozen” battery-only models on the road by 2025.
VIDEO: Audi e-tron Sportback Concept – Electric Audi SUV in Production from 2019 – courtesy Car TV