How It’s Made, The Audi e-Tron GT

The e-tron GT is the first fully electric car from Audi to be built in Germany. It rolls off the line in the Audi Böllinger Höfe at the Neckarsulm site. The small-series production facility there has been expanded and converted for its new role. The skilled craftsmanship of the previous facility has been supplemented by digital processes and smart technologies. During the expansion, production planners made use of new virtual methods. Production of the e-tron GT was designed without physical prototypes – a first at Audi. The body shop combines the skilled craftsmanship of the employees with the full potential of automated production technology. It consists of an innovative body assembly line along which each body passes twice. It is constructed around what is called the two-way framer, in which ten robots are used to attach the inside and outside.

The e-tron GT shares the assembly line with the Audi R8 high-performance sports car. Once completed, every car is driven for 40 kilometers (24.9 mi) on public roads, which also includes sections on the highway and in urban traffic.The production of the Audi e-tron GT quattro and the RS e-tron GT in the Böllinger Höfe is carbon-neutral. Just like at the entire Neckarsulm site, production uses 100 percent eco-electricity, with a combined heat and power plant fired with biogas providing the necessary heat for the Böllinger Höfe. Emissions that cannot yet be avoided are compensated with carbon credits from certified climate protection projects.

Presales of two versions of the fully electric gran turismo will start in Europe: as an Audi e-tron GT Quattro with a base price of EUR 99,800 and as an RS e-tron Quattro from EUR 138,200.

(source: crospotter13)


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