For Audi, the future is definitely electric.
Audi has announced that, as of 2026, it will launch only all-electric vehicles across the global market, phasing out combustion vehicles by 2033. To make this possible, the carmaker is preparing its global facilities to be able to produce all of those electric vehicles.
Using its existing global production network, Audi will be making electric-drive models at all of its production sites around the world. By 2029, all of those production sites will be producing at least one all-electric model, and then depending on local conditions, production on the remaining combustion vehicles will be gradually phased out. New plants will only be built if additional capacity is needed in the future.
Two production sites, Böllinger Höfe and Brussels, are already making all-electric vehicles. Starting in 2023, the Audi Q6 e-tron will be the first all-electric model to roll off the production line in Ingolstadt.
Audi will be adding a site in Changchun, China, to be able to locally produce models based on the Premium Platform Electric technology. Construction should finish by the end of 2024, and it will be the first automotive plant in China to be creating strictly all-electric Audi vehicles.
Because building EVs is an expensive endeavor, the carmaker wants to keep future production as economical as possible. They plan to do this by cutting annual factory costs in half by 2033 by reducing complexity within its vehicles where it doesn’t benefit the customer. This streamlined production process will help with cutting costs, as will digitized production using the Edge Cloud 4 Production via local servers. The manufacturer will also implement virtual assembly planning to save on material resources and make innovative, flexible collaboration possible across locations.
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