It’s no secret that Audi is a bit behind the times when it comes to electric cars. The brand’s only electric or hybrid vehicle is the Audi A3 e-tron Sportback and, unfortunately, it’s not very good. While Audi has been slow to adopt electric cars into its lineup, its competitors have been busy. Tesla has been pumping out tons of pure electric cars, BMW has its own subdivision dedicated to electrification, the BMW i Division and even Audi’s own parent company, Volkswagen, is pushing EVs and hybrids hard. Because of this, Audi’s labour representative, Peter Mosch, wants Audi to start making EVs in Germany.
Admittedly, Audi has the e-tron Quattro SUV scheduled for development next year. However, its production is said to happen in Brussels, not Germany. “Our core factory must be prepared further for the future,” said Mosch during a meeting with over 7,000 Audi workers at the company’s Ingolstadt plant.
According to Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, the Neckarsulm, Germany plant will switch from making the Audi A6, A7 and A8 to making battery-electric vehicles in 2020. However, this is a long way off and Audi could already be behind the eight ball by then. Tesla plans on releasing the upcoming Model 3 by 2018 and BMW will have an electric MINI and X3 by 2019. So Audi needs to step up its electric production and even its employees know it.