Audi has commenced preparations at its Györ facility in Hungary for the production of the forthcoming generation of electric drives dubbed MEBeco, tailored for Volkswagen Group's lineup of small electric vehicles set to debut from 2025.
The initial steps for this endeavor have begun, with the arrival of essential systems and the initiation of production line planning, as Audi Hungaria disclosed. This move aligns with Audi's prior announcement in June 2022, confirming Györ as the manufacturing hub for MEBeco drives and signaling the establishment of a dedicated production zone for motors intended for compact electric cars.
Audi Hungaria has revealed insights into the production process, emphasizing an expanded vertical manufacturing range. Notably, key components like the disc pack, rotors, and power electronics for the MEBeco platform are now produced in-house, departing from previous reliance on external suppliers.
Since mid-2018, the Hungarian plant has been a hub for electric motor production, initially serving the e-tron quattro line in Brussels and later expanding its capabilities. Since November 2023, the plant has also been churning out electric motors for the Premium Platform Electric (PPE), including models like the Audi Q6 e-tron.
Robert Buttenhauser, Audi Hungaria's Board Member for Engine Production, underscored the company's preparedness for the new engine range's production, highlighting the ongoing organizational transformation. He stressed the importance of equipping staff with the requisite skills and competencies for the introduction of MEBeco electric drives.
The MEBeco platform, formerly known as MEB Entry or MEB Small, serves as the foundation for vehicles like the VW ID.1/ID.2 and the Cupra Raval, along with the Skoda equivalent. While electric motor production is centralized in Hungary, vehicle assembly is slated for Spain, with Seat's Martorell facility handling production for the ID.2 and Cupra models, while Pamplona will manufacture the small VW SUV and its Skoda counterpart.