The first fully-electric German-built model from Audi will be the e-tron GT. Not only is the vehicle high tech, but the production process was also upgraded with advanced technology. The e-tron GT will be rolling out of the Neckarsulm site at the end of 2020. Work procedures and logistic processes of the plant were first created in a virtual domain with the help of advanced virtual reality technology.

Additionally, the vehicle itself was designed without a physical prototype, which is a first for Audi. Audi took the time to create its own software to support these initiatives; you can see more about it here. The dedication to this expansion is a telling sign that the future of production may turn totally virtual.

Further Production Facts from Audi

  • The body shop for the e-tron GT is around 85 percent automated; ten stations with a total of 34 robots.
  • Optimum area management with a body assembly line and each body passes twice; two-way framer combines multiple manufacturing steps on limited floor space.
  • Correlation-free inline measurement is a new technology offering the highest precision, with a maximum possible deviation of just +/-0.20 millimeters.
  • Despite their different technology concepts, the joint assembly line for Audi e-tron GT and Audi R8 is unique in the Volkswagen Group.
  • Different conveyor technologies on the assembly line: 20 driverless transport vehicles, new electrically powered overhead conveyor rail, autonomous transfer station
  • Human-robot cooperation for bonding the front and rear windows
  • Customized assembly aids from the 3D printer based on employee ideas

The design of the e-tron GT, in our opinion, is one of the best Audi’s to date. While details are limited, we hope the performance can compete with the beauty.

Performance (Est)

  • Two electric motors – 590 Horsepower
  • 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds
  • Charge to 80% in 20 minutes on an 800-volt charging system
  • Battery 90kWh
  • Range 250 miles
  • Price $75,000+

The Premium e-sound Audio System

Unique is an understatement when it comes to the “e-sound” Audi has developed for this tech loaded vehicle. A legal requirement for electric vehicles is to have a sound generator to alert pedestrians that a vehicle is nearby. The E-Tron GT takes it to a new level with 32 audio files in each control unit, making the interior and exterior sounds impeccable. Check out a sneak peek and listen here.

In conclusion, this vehicle will be a four-door, all-wheel drive, sports car with a close resemblance to the Porsche Taycan. Will the Audi E-Tron GT be a competitor to the all-electric sports vehicles out there? ZEV Society thinks so! Tell us your thoughts.