The stunning e-tron GT all-electric 4-door coupe we saw two years ago as a concept, is now coming into life at Audi’s Neckarsulm site. It’ll be built alongside the R8; in fact, both the e-tron GT and the R8 will travel through the same assembly line. In case you’re wondering where on earth the e-tron SUVs are being built, well, it is in Belgium and China, making the e-tron GT the first all-electric Audi to be produced in Germany.
Audi has started to build a few prototypes at the upgraded Neckarsulm site as we can see in the photos above. However, the series-production will begin at the end of this year. The expanded assembly line now includes 36 cycles instead of the previous 16. Both the R8 and e-tron GT are moved using the same driverless transport vehicles and an electrically powered monorail system. At one station of the line, humans and robots work side by side. A 3D printer is also on stand by to produce customized assembly aids at the employees’ request.
As for the construction, the e-tron GT uses generous amounts of aluminium in various forms. A carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof will be offered as an option to the buyers.
The sound engineers have also developed a special ‘e-sound’ for the e-tron GT, you know, the sound that is legally required for the EVs to alert the pedestrians and other road users. A loudspeaker at the front of the vehicle emits the sound. Audi will also offer an optional sound package, which adds a second, large loudspeaker at the rear. In addition, two loudspeakers in the cabin offer an “emotional sound experience”. Two control units continuously remix the e-tron GT sound based on variables such as speed or accelerator position.