Audi builds PPE motors in series in Györ

Audi has started production of the electric motors for the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) in Györ, Hungary. The newly developed drives will initially be used in the Audi Q6 e-tron, which will roll off the production line at the main plant in Ingolstadt at the end of 2023.

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In Györ, Audi Hungaria produces stators and transmission components in a new production area spanning 15,000 square metres. It also assembles the axles for the PPE there. Around 700 employees work in three shifts to produce up to 2,000 engines a day.

The German carmaker has produced electric motors at the Hungarian plant since mid-2018 – initially for the e-tron quattro built in Brussels (now the Q8 e-tron). Production was expanded around a year later.

In early 2021, Audi confirmed that the electric drives for the PPE will also be produced in Györ. However, according to the initial schedule, production was to begin much earlier, with the all-electric Porsche Macan as the first PPE model scheduled for 2022. Audi had not yet named any specific models. Both the Macan and the Q6 e-tron have subsequently been postponed repeatedly due to software problems. Now, both models will not be available until 2024 – which, of course, also impacted electric motor production in Hungary. The Porsche will also use the PPE drives from Györ.

Audi states that it increased the vertical range of production compared to the Q8 e-tron drive. The newly constructed production line for stators has 28 work steps, while transmission production has 15. According to Audi, 190 assembly steps are required for axle assembly alone. “The start of production in Győr marks an important milestone in the ramp-up of production of the Audi Q6 e-tron,” says Audi Board Member for Production and Logistics Gerd Walker. Walker was Managing Director for vehicle production at Audi Hungaria from 2012 to 2016.

In the future, Györ will supply drive systems for other EV platforms. The Group’s small electric cars based on the MEBeco announced for 2025 will also come from Hungary – a new production area is being set up for this purpose. The vehicles themselves – two under the VW brand, as well as a Skoda and a Cupra – will be built in Spain.

“Győr is predestined for the production of these highly compact and efficient electric motors for the PPE,” says Audi CEO Gernot Döllner. “The highly qualified team at the site has already built over 400,000 electric drive systems since 2018, which is invaluable experience.”


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