Audi intends to set up a “competence center for a key technology in electromobility” at the Neckarsulm location: in future, the development of high-voltage batteries for fast-charging electric cars will be concentrated there. The car manufacturer has been training future staff for this purpose since the end of last year continue to exist, the close cooperation between the two locations should remain.
The development of high-voltage batteries for plug-in hybrid models, which has been in operation in Neckarsulm for a long time, is a crystallization nucleus for Audi’s battery technology: the Volkswagen Group brand plans to open a test center for high-voltage storage technology there by 2023. The personnel required for this should apparently initially come from their own resources. From 2023, engineers who have undergone further training in the battery technology center are to carry out pilot projects on high-voltage storage systems for electric cars who previously worked in the test center for internal combustion engines. Audi intends to invest a total of 500 to 600 million euros in the Neckarsulm plant in the coming years.
One of the first manufacturers with an 800-volt voltage level
The production of internal combustion engines is to be ended by 2033, new models are to be brought onto the market exclusively as electric cars from 2026 – this is Audi’s strategy “Vorsprung 2030”. Audi was one of the first manufacturers to include electric cars with an 800-volt voltage level in its range. It all started in 2020 with the Audi e-tron GT based on the J1 Performance Platform from Porsche.
The increased expansion of battery expertise at Audi is due, among other things, to the fact that it is now up to the Audi and Porsche brands within the Volkswagen Group to advance this key technology for electromobility for all Group brands.
Audi and Porsche now have a common technical basis known as PPE (Premium Platform Electric), on which the Audi A6 e-tron is to appear in 2022. Typically, the PPE offers 100 kWh battery capacity, a corresponding range of around 700 km and a charging current consumption of up to 270 kW thanks to the 800 volt voltage level. Ideally, ten minutes of charging should be sufficient for 300 kilometers.