Audi Starts Production Of E-tron Electric Motors

JUL 26 2018 BY MARK KANE 18

Audi Hungaria starts series production of electric motors for the upcoming e-tron at its 8,500 square-meter facility in Győr, Hungary.

New era: Audi Hungaria starts series production of electric motors

The German manufacturer has invested a double-digit million amount to set up production at 400 electric axle motors each day (at least several thousand monthly) with an option for a gradual increase in the future.

About 100 people are employed now, but it’s already decided that by the end of 2018 there will be more than 130. Production is with one‑shift operation, but will soon change to three shifts. The parts are moved around the facility using driverless vehicles, controlled by an intelligent IT system.

The electric axle motors consist not only electric motors but also power electronics, which are located in their own housing, the gearing and two flange shafts that transmit the power to the wheels.

The Audi e-tron will be equipped with two electric axle motors – front and rear. The concept had two electric motors in the rear axle and one in the front – time will tell whether the production version of e-tron also will have such configuration.

New era: Audi Hungaria starts series production of electric motors
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New era: Audi Hungaria starts series production of electric motors. In the picture: Winding and inserting center New era: Audi Hungaria starts series production of electric motors. In the picture: Leak test New era: Audi Hungaria starts series production of electric motors. In the picture: A finished electric motor New era: Audi Hungaria starts series production of electric motors. In the picture: driverless transport vehicle with a finished electric motor New era: Audi Hungaria starts series production of electric motors New era: Audi Hungaria starts series production of electric motors New era: Audi Hungaria starts series production of electric motors

“A new era is starting at Audi Hungaria. On Tuesday, series production of electric motors officially started in Győr. In the context of the symbolic act, the production plant was put into operation by Péter Szijjártó, Minister for Foreign Trade and Foreign Affairs, Peter Kössler, Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics at AUDI AG, and Achim Heinfling, Managing Director of AUDI HUNGARIA Zrt. The electric motors are produced on floor space of 8,500 square meters with an innovative production concept: modular assembly. The company has invested a double digit million amount to set up the motor production facility. Approximately 100 people are employed in this new area at present.”

“For the production of electric motors, Audi Hungaria installed the innovative production equipment and islands within just one year. The departments for the development of electric motors and for production planning cooperated closely with the prototype manufacturing/ production technology center in Győr to develop the required expertise. The current production capacity is for approximately 400 electric axle motors each day and can be gradually increased. At present, about 100 people are employed in this new area, to be increased to more than 130 by the end of the year. Production is with one‑shift operation, but will soon change to three shifts.The electric motor from Győr offers numerous new features. With the stator – one of the core components of the motor – the aim is to insert as much of the thin enameled copper wire as possible into the casing: the tighter the winding, the more efficient the power delivery. A new winding and inserting center at Audi Hungaria makes it possible to wind the optimal amount of enameled copper wire particularly compactly and then insert it into the casing. The electric axle consists of other large components such as the power electronics, which are located in their own housing, the gearing and two flange shafts that transmit the power to the wheels. The employees produce two electric axle drive systems for each Audi e-tron, as both the front and rear axles are driven – in good quattro tradition.

The production equipment, the robots and the bolting and measuring station are set out in fixed positions but are not linked together by a linear band. Instead, the employees produce the drive systems according to a modular method in production islands. Despite a predefined assembly sequence, the modular system allows branched paths and more free scope in the production process. Driverless vehicles, controlled by an intelligent IT system, transport the parts to the workstations.

In parallel to the production facility, Audi Hungaria has installed three test benches for electric motors in the engine/motor development department, for testing and continuous load operation. The employees have undergone further training to become electrical experts in the production technology center for electric motors.

Audi Hungaria produced 1,965,165 engines last year, making the company one of the world’s largest engine producers. At the plant in Győr, six different gasoline engines and three different diesel engines were produced in 2017 with power output ranging from 63 kilowatts (86 horsepower) to 470 kW (639 hp). Approximately 6,000 employees produce about 9,000 engines each day for 32 production plants of the Volkswagen Group.”

Peter Kössler, Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics at AUDI AG, during the symbolic act stated:

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18 Comments on "Audi Starts Production Of E-tron Electric Motors"

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400 axles a day, so 200 cars a day, or 1400 a week. That’s actually not a bad start! Not Model 3 production capacity, but more than Model S, or X.

Yes! It is a very healthy sign. For perspective, if they only sold 1/3rd of those in the US, it would put sales in the same league of the top 5 plug-in vehicles in the US in 2017. These are very respectable targets.

“The German manufacturer has invested a double-digit million amount to set up production at 400 electric axle motors each day (at least several thousand monthly) with an option for a gradual increase in the future.

About 100 people are employed now, but it’s already decided that by the end of 2018 there will be more than 130.”

Something seems wrong here. This vehicle is about $100k and they are targeting 30,000 per year right? I think 400/day is the maximum capacity with three shifts theoretically.

It says the current capacity is 400 in the article, implying it can gradually be increased with additional shifts.

Where did you get the 100k price and 30k production target from?

The price I’ve heard is well specked A6 and 60k £ in the UK. The Model S 70D is 68k £ for comparison. The I-Pace is 63,500 £.

The last official info was 80k € in Germany, which is a bit less than an Audi S6, wich is 71k in the US.

I was just using the headline from the Electrek article “Audi confirms all-electric e-tron Quattro SUV ‘starting price of €80,000’ ($99,000)”

I wasn’t trying to make an inference as to the actual price when it reaches the US.

Oh Electrek, that explains a lot.

They (he) aren’t very good at understanding European VAT and pricing in different markets. Just look at which price Electrek saw the I-Pace starting at.

There was mention that there could be 3 shifts. So that would mean capacity could reach 3,600 / week. I’m sure if there’s enough demand, Audi will find a way to increase output. But, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Yeah, will be interesting.
If there are enough customers, they should be able to assemble a lot, since they have decided to manufacture the car in a fairly high volume factory in Belgium.

The head of Audi in Norway said they would have no problem to produce enough vehicles to satisfy demand.
Still. . I want to see the numbers first…

I think the 3 shifts is the 400 axle-motors per day.

I guess they will add more vehicles with the same motor combination. They have already shown the e-tron sportback, which will come shortly after the is car and then an electric sedan called the e-tron GT, which will probably come after the sportback. All of those are said to arrive one year from each other.

And with three vehicles, I guess they could easily pull off 3k, or more, a week. Especially with prices coming down due to parts sharing and scale.

« The Audi e-tron will be equipped with two electric axle motors – front and rear. »

The Audi e-tron is equipped with 3 Engines
One electric motor drives the front axle, the two others act on the rear axle for a total output of 320 kW.

https://www.audi.com/en/innovation/futuredrive/e-tron_quattro.html

This is the e-tron quattro concept. Concepts are there to test ideas and show them to the world in order to get feedback. Audi has since reported that the production version will have two motors. Maybe there will be some kind of performance version in the future.

They will all fall in line. They have no choice. Thank you TESLA!

Val is correct no thanks to the serial anti-Tesla trolls, shills, shorters and haters down voting his post.

Correct in what? Building more electric because their governments are telling them to via CAFE standards (and settlements for VW and bailouts for GM) that are so high it’s the only option to make fleet targets? What does that have to do with Tesla? Did Elon Musk personally start the environmental movement several decades before he was born, then took the lead from orgs like WWF and Greenpeace in 2003? You guys are cultists, really.

I have just read in my news feed that BMW is building a €1bn plant in the other end of Hungary. The plant would be making both EV’s and ICE cars, something like 150,000 a year, but it’s not known yet what models.

https://www.bmwblog.com/2018/07/31/bmw-announces-plans-for-a-new-plant-in-hungary-following-e1-billion-investment/

Erling Thomas von During. Oslo.norway

Ca 5000 wait for the car in Norway

When can expect to regelverk the
Car?