Audi produces most of the electric vehicles at the VW plant in Zwickau

Released on 05.10. 2021

  • Audi builds most of its fully electric vehicles at the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau. Photo: Jan Woitas

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Audi returned to the place where it was founded in spring. Since then, cars with the four rings have been built in Zwickau again – including fully electric drives. The VW subsidiary also hopes to gain additional know-how for its parent plant.

Zwickau (dpa) – Around six months after the start of the Q4 e-tron, Zwickau has developed into Audi’s largest production site for electric vehicles.

«We have come to stay, ”said the head of the Audi electrical series, Fermín Soneira Santos, on Tuesday. “We’ll be here for the next seven years and probably beyond.” Audi did not want to give exact quantities.

In addition to the VW plant in Zwickau, the manufacturer also builds fully electric vehicles in Neckarsulm and Brussels. The Q6 is planned as the first e-car at the headquarters in Ingolstadt, and it will be launched on the market 2023. Currently around 350 Audi employees support production in Zwickau. In this way, they are supposed to gain experience in electromobility and bring this to their home locations in the future. Previous year: 2.7 percent). From 2026 the Volkswagen subsidiary wants to bring new models to the market with only electric drives and the production of cars with combustion engines up to 2033 gradually expire.

The current chip shortage affects the Zwickau plant after the words by Stefan Loth, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH, less strongly than other locations. “We have prioritized parts supply,” he said. Although there was also short-time working here, this has so far been more of a «sporadic nature».

VW has the location with about 8500 employees for 1.2 billion euros converted into a pure factory for electric vehicles and developed into a multi-brand factory. The automation has been increased so that, for example, even more work steps are taken over by robots.

In addition to the ID.3 and ID.4 from VW, models for Audi are also produced in Zwickau and the Seat offshoot Cupra. At the end of this year, the ID.5 will be the last of a total of six models to go into regular production. In the future, the carbon footprint is also to be improved, emphasized Loth.

VW advertises that the cars are produced in a “climate-neutral” way. According to the information, this will also be achieved through afforestation in Indonesia. Such “compensation measures” for unavoidable CO2 emissions are often criticized, as is the trade in pollution certificates. However, work is continuing to directly improve the CO2 balance, the company explained – for example with a view to parts from suppliers and machines used in production.

With the start of production of the Q4 e-tron, Audi returned to the place where it was founded in the spring. 1909 the company was founded by August Horch in Zwickau and renamed “Audi” a year later. With the merger with other Saxon vehicle manufacturers 1932, the four rings were then trademarks of Auto Union. After the Second World War, the company was re-established in Bavaria.

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