Rumor Mill: Audi To Build Battery Assembly Plant In Ingolstadt
Audi to assemble battery packs (consisting of LG Chem cells) at a new facility in Ingolstadt, Germany.
According to the South Korean media, Audi will set up a new battery pack assembly facility near its plant in Ingolstadt, Germany to support the huge electrification plan.
Audi currently produces e-tron all-electric cars in Brussels, Belgium, but soon will add a few more models in Europe, which will be handled by other plants.
The two first on the horizon are:
- Audi e-tron Sportback (to be launched in 2020)
- Audi e-tron GT concept (from late 2020)
The cell supplier will be LG Chem, which has been the strategic supplier for Audi for several years when the first PHEVs come out.
An interesting part of the report is also on the LG Chem plant in Poland, which reportedly is currently producing lithium-ion cells at rate of 15 GWh annually.
That’s already enough for 200,000 75 kWh packs (300,000 assuming 50 kWh average), and the plan is to increase the output more than four times – to 60-70 GWh annually we guess – by the end of 2020. That would be enough for up to about a million all-electric cars.
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