BERLIN -- Audi's joint venture to build electric vehicles in China with state-owned FAW Group is behind schedule due to a delay in approval by the relevant authorities.
Building work would be initiated as soon as possible, an Audi spokesperson said on Monday, without giving a start date for either the construction of the plant or the production of cars.
Automobilwoche, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe, first reported on Monday that the license for Audi and FAW to begin building the plant is expected to arrive in December after intervention from Germany's economic ministry.
The factory is due to start producing cars from 2024.
The German economic ministry was not immediately available to comment.
The automaker has a longstanding partnership with FAW to make combustion engine cars in the northeastern city of Changchun and the southern city of Foshan.
FAW owns 40 percent of the joint venture, while VW and Audi own 60 percent.
Audi also plans to make vehicles with Shanghai-based automaker SAIC Motor, with a goal for electrified vehicles to account for a third of Chinese sales by 2025.