Put together by 100 employees in the 8,500 square meters (91,493 sq-ft) building are some 400 electric axle motors each day.
The Ingolstadt-based automaker, however, says that production can be gradually increased, and before the end of the year, about 130 workers will assemble the electric motors in three shifts, up from the current one-shift operation.
“Our Hungarian subsidiary is now entering a completely new field of expertise, with the production of electric motors”, said the brand’s Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics, Peter Kossler. “This exclusive know-how makes Gyor into our main plant for electric motors and embodies our strategic transformation into a provided of sustainable mobility.”
The first zero-emission Audi model to benefit from the Hungarian-made electric motors will be the E-Tron. The SUV will come with electric all-wheel drive and a rumored total output of more than 400PS (394hp / 294kW). It will be able to travel for some 400km (249mi) in between charges, in the new WLTP driving cycle.
Reservations for Audi’s Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace challenger are already open, with reports indicating a starting price of approximately €80,000 ($93,700) in Germany.
When it arrives in the United States, the Audi E-Tron is expected to go on sale from some $100,000, thus becoming more expensive than its two main rivals.
The production version of the electric SUV will be unveiled on August 30, during a special event in Brussels, Belgium, where it will be assembled.