Neckarsulm factory is at the core of the brand’s strategy that casts its spotlights on batteries and on the electrification process. Next years, the German automotive company will offer various opportunities of advanced training to workers, developing a centre dedicated to batteries to test high-voltage storage technologies. In the laboratory for pilot projects, the workers with more expertise will test the prototypes of new high-voltage storage modules for various electric vehicles. The new multifunctional building for the technical development unit will be accomplished by the end of 2022 and the structure is expected to start operating within 2023.
The decision of locating the development of batteries at Neckarsulm – explained Rolf Klotz, president of the works council – is a first important step to provide the technical development staff in that site with a safe prospect about the future, even after combustion engines will be stopped.
In Neckarsulm site, Audi is already creating the accumulators for plug-in hybrid cars and therefore it is already equipped for the electrification process that will lead the new models to be only electric starting from 2026.
«High-voltage batteries and electric motors constitute an important strategic component of the future value creation in a transformed automotive industry. For this reason, we are systematically enlarging our competence in the development of these important components» – stated Oliver Hoffmann, from Audi technical development.