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Audi (DE) starts production of electric SUV in Brussels

Audi Brussels has started the series production of the e-tron, the German brand’s first fully electric SUV. Audi will unveil its latest model for the first time on September 17 in San Francisco.

Audi e-tron prototype

Factory adaptations

To make production possible, Audi has invested EUR 600 million in its Brussels site since 2016.The Audi factory in Vorst has converted its bodywork and paint shop and assembly line on a large scale and built up its own battery production.

The employees of the factory have also completed more than 200,000 training hours specifically for the first fully electric Audi. "Audi has developed numerous parts for the e-tron itself, as well as for the battery technology and the drive system," says Patrick Danau, director of the Brussels plant.

Replacing the Audi A1

Previously, the production site in Brussels was responsible for building the Audi A1, the first model in the nearly 70-year history of the production site to be built exclusively in the European capital. The last A1 rolled off the production line last month. Since 2010, Audi Brussels has built more than 909,000 units. Now, production of the A1 in Brussels has stopped to make way for the first fully electric Audi.

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6 September 2018

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