At the moment and in the future, Audi’s and Porsche’s EV ventures are linked. Both brands are going to be launching their first-ever electric cars this year, with the Audi e-tron and Porsche Taycan both hitting the road in 2019. They will also be building EVs on a joint electric architecture in the future and the current Audi e-tron GT is built on the Taycan’s platform. So it’s not surprise that both brands are also facing the need to increase EV production and manufacturing space.
The Audi e-tron is currently being built in Audi’s Brussels, Belgium plant and it’s going to have to increase production there to keep up with the high demand. “Demand for the e-tron is developing positively. For this reason, we are constantly reviewing our production capacities and adapting them to the market situation if necessary,” Audi Brussels Managing Director Patrick Danau told Automobilwoche.
Right now, Audi can built 20 e-trons per hour, or 70,000 per year, but that might have to increase to 22-24 cars per hour.
Porsche is in a similar situation. The Taycan is currently being built in Porsche’s Zuffenhausen, Germany plant but it might not be enough. Porsche had previously planned on 20,000 Taycans being built per year but might want to bump that up to 40,000 per year due to demand. Though, the Zuffenhausen plant might not be able to handle that many so the Germans might have to move some production to a new plant.
With Audi and Porsche both building electric cars together, though not e-tron and Taycan, it might make sense for the two brands to share a new facility. The Taycan and e-tron GT are built on the same chassis so it would make sense if their built in the same factory. And once the two brands start using their new joint platform, it will only make more sense.