Audi, Volkswagen AG’s luxury car brand, is planning to make a battery-electric version of its Q5 midsize sport-utility vehicle at its new plant in Mexico, two sources with knowledge of the project said.
The Q5 is one of Audi’s best-selling vehicles and is currently built in Ingolstadt, Germany for global export. It is also produced in China and India, for local sales only.
The new $1.3 billion factory in Mexico, Audi’s first in the country, is scheduled to open on September 30, and eventually will be the automaker’s only global production facility for the Q5.
Initially, the plant in San Jose Chiapa in central Mexico will produce Q5s with gasoline and diesel engines, but plans to introduce the electric version “in the near term,” said the sources, who requested anonymity.
“They are training personnel,” one of the sources said, adding that the Q5 EV project does not yet have a launch date.
The Mexico plant should begin by producing 150,000 cars a year, sources said.
A pure electric Audi Q5 plays well in Volkswagen AG’s plan to introduce more than “30 new pure electric vehicles” by 2025, announced earlier today.
Audi has previously revealed that its electrification plans include zero-emissions versions of the Q1 and Q8 SUVs that will be on sale by the end of the decade. The Audi Q6, inspired by the Quattro Concept shown in Frankfurt last year, is expected to arrive in early 2018.