BERLIN -- Audi will decide in the next year or two whether to build batteries for its electric-car program in Germany, CEO Rupert Stadler said.
Audi's labor leaders have urged management to invest in battery-cell technology and to assemble powerpacks at the company's two core factories in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, where r&d operations and two-thirds of the 91,000-person workforce are based.
"We have not yet taken a decision on this matter,” Stadler told journalists after the brand's annual financial results conference on Thursday.
Audi has set up battery-assembly facilities in Brussels, where the automaker will start making the full-electric e-tron SUV this year.
Audi has said it will build a four-door electric sports car in Germany starting in 2020. The e-tron GT, which will be shown in concept form later this year, will be the third model in Audi's range of full-electric cars after the e-tron Sportback, which is due next year. The e-tron Sportback will also be made in Belgium.
The e-tron compact SUV and e-tron "Sports Activity Vehicle" will both follow in 2020.