Audi launches High Voltage Competency Centre in Singapore
Asia Pacific’s first Audi High Voltage Competence Centre (HVCC) officially opened last Friday. An integral part of the Audi Technical Service Centre, the HVCC underscores Audi’s commitment to electromobility and will provide Audi’s technical engineers in the region with the relevant expertise, support and training to support the range of Audi electric vehicles.
The HVCC is equipped with high-voltage charging stations, tooling and Audi’s latest e-tron models – the Audi Q7 and A3 Sportback – to support the training and development of Audi technical engineers. Previously, the Audi Technical Service Centre had brought in an Audi A1 e-tron prototype to Singapore in 2012 to gain real-world information on how the technology will respond in a tropical urban driving environment.
During the launch, Audi’s local technical experts along with flying doctors provided an introduction to Audi’s leadership in hybrid technology and shared about its progress in the space. They also guided guests through interaction stations on various aspects of e-tron servicing including how to charge them, safety procedures, and about the different components of an e-tron vehicle.
“Three new electric models will be introduced by 2020. By 2025, every third Audi sold will be a fully or partially electric model. In preparation of this future, it is the role of the HVCC to build up the know-how to support the growing number of electric cars on offer in the Asia Pacific region,” says Mr. Mahaendra Gofar, Head of Audi Technical Service Centre Asia Pacific.
A tech talk held later in the evening also served to highlight Audi’s future plans, and also gave guests the opportunity to have a first-hand look at the facilities and the various tools used in the HVCC. This included a look at a charging station for electric vehicles that will be installed at all local Audi dealerships. Guests also had the opportunity to test-drive the Q7 e-tron model to get a sense of what driving an electric vehicle felt like.