Audi-FAW's new EV plant in China to be operational by 2025
German automaker Audi has announced that the construction of Audi FAW NEV Company's production facility in Changchun city of China is advancing according to plan. The facility will exclusively make all pure-electric models of the Audi brand starting 2025.
The JV company between Audi and FAW (First Automotive Works) was established in 2021, and the construction of the new production site began a year later. The plant can produce up to 150,000 fully-electric Audi models based on the PPE for the Chinese market annually.
This will be Audi's first-ever plant in China dedicatedly built for new energy vehicles. The company aims to set new standards in digitalization, efficiency, and sustainability with this state-of-the-art plant.
Helmut Stettner, CEO of Audi FAW NEV Company Ltd., commented on the development, "Audi FAW NEV Company assumes a central role in Audi's electrification strategy for China. It is the first Audi plant in China to exclusively produce all-electric vehicles".
"We are also establishing a comprehensive industrial ecosystem centered around our new plant in Changchun. It will drive improvements throughout the supply chain and advance the region's economic development", he added.
To start with, Audi A6 e-tron and Q6 e-tron series will be built in the facility. Series production of the first all-electric models based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) is scheduled to commence by the end of next year.
Production will encompass the entire automotive production value chain, from press shop, body shop, and paint shop to assembly, the company has said.
The site also include a battery assembly facility where high-voltage batteries for the China-specific Premium Platform Electric (PPE) models are produced.
It is to be noted that in September this year, Audi FAW NEV Company opened the 'Test Center Changchun' - one of the most advanced Audi testing centers worldwide - with a capacity for the simultaneous operation of up to 70 test vehicles.