Audi has planned for an all-out surge in its e-tron production as it amps up the manufacturing of the EV to a maximum at its plant in Belgium before the end of the year.
Managing Director of Audi Brussels, Patrick Danau stated that retooling the plant for the production of EVs was initially a challenging task. As it was first used for the manufacture of the company’s small hatchback A1 which only featured a combustion engine.
“We believe that at the end of the year, we will reach our maximum capacity,” said Patrick Danau, managing director of Audi Brussels. Danau, however, declined to comment on the number of models rolling out of the plant.
Reports suggest that Audi executed a major revamp of its Brussels plant by adding more than 7,500 metric tons of steel and more than 20,000 cubic meters of concrete to reinforce the building. Apart from that, the factory logistics were also revamped which now is the site of production for the e-tron’s 95 kWh lithium-ion battery.
The 3,300 workers in the plant received more than 200,000 hours of training before the first final e-SUV rolled out of the production lines. However, one-fifth of them are temporary and was only added to prepare the e-tron.
“You have to bear in mind not only the company has to ramp up but also the different suppliers,” Danau told Automotive News. “They have to train their people, start their own new facilities and bring them up to the same speed that we are giving according to the plan, so that is a challenge for all of us.”