What You Can Expect to See and Do Here

What will it be like to drive tomorrow? How does it feel to be on the go electrically? How long does the charging process actually take? In our e-exhibition, you can use interactive exhibits and examine vehicles on display to discover how suitable for everyday use electric mobility already is today and what the mobility of the future will look like.

To look at and touch: from 1-liter cars to fully automated electric vans

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The highlight of the exhibition is the changing presentation of Volkswagen brand prototypes and concept cars with alternative drives, including for example the I.D. family, the fully electric series vehicles by Volkswagen that will become available for sale starting in 2020.

On permanent display is the agile and super-economical 1-liter XL1: a chassis model of the car illustrates its lightweight construction. The frame model of an e-Golf shows where the battery was installed. You can also get an overall view of the new electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles made by Volkswagen and – depending on availability and the amount of time at your disposal – take a test drive after your tour.

The electric Golf I Elektro was already out and about as early as 1976.

Two historic e-vehicles – the Golf I Elektro and the Golf III CityStromer – invite visitors on a brief journey in time to the early development of the electric drive. In our virtual reality area you can learn what it’s like to not have to steer the car yourself anymore: just lean back and enjoy a virtual test drive in the I.D. CROZZ**.

A close look at where the future goes into series production

A spacious, brightly-lit hall, the hum of cordless screwdrivers, autonomously driving transport vehicles: here you can personally experience the new e-Golf being produced on-site. The new e-Golf has been manufactured in the Gläserne Manufaktur since April 2017. You are taken to within a few meters of the assembly line during the guided tour through the production area and can observe many of the assembly steps at close range.

Watch as technicians in white overalls transform the prefabricated car bodies and assembly units into finished vehicles before your very eyes. You can gain a sense of the very special atmosphere at the Gläserne Manufaktur everywhere you look and step.

 

In a vise: an e-Golf held by the overhead electronic track’s gripper.

The tour takes you through the middle of the assembly area.

Part of the vehicles’ path takes them through individual assembly steps where they are held aloft by the gripping arms of the overhead electric track and on the so-called shingle conveyor belt, which runs through the finishing process in an oval shape on both levels. The German name for the conveyor belt, “Schuppenband” or “scale belt”, comes from the scale-shaped parts – all made of fishbone parquet.

During the tour you can see for yourself and at close quarters the concentration and skill our specialists apply to their work. Marvel at innovative engineering done to perfection when the engine and body meet and are joined at the “wedding”.

Driverless vehicles transport components in the production hall.

To keep assembly operating seamlessly, driverless transport vehicles bring the components – which can even consist of entire powertrains – directly to their point of use.

We have prepared a special offer for customers whose e-Golf is being built here at the Gläserne Manufaktur. In addition to picking up your car at its point of origin, you can now observe the assembly of your new e-Golf first hand at selected production steps. These include the “wedding” – the automated bolting of the gear assembly to the chassis. It’s a highly emotional experience to watch this event take place on your own car and especially to initiate it yourself by pressing a button.

Shaping the future

The Gläserne Manufaktur is much more than just a production and exhibition site, however. Its open and transparent architecture makes it a popular venue for events, trendsetting conferences, readings and concerts.

And it’s a place where not only new things come into being, but also where the future is shaped. Since 2017, the Gläserne Manufaktur has been an incubator for start-ups from all over the world. It’s where young entrepreneurs can tinker with their unique ideas to make driving, navigating and parking even simpler.

The Gläserne Manufaktur also acts as a start-up incubator and provides space for events.

The Future Mobility Campus for school children is located directly in the production area.

For students, there is the Future Mobility Campus, where they can become familiar with the subjects of factories and physics in an exciting, fun and age-appropriate way. What is special about it: the campus is located directly in the production area – only steps away from the assembly line. A live lesson in the spacious 150 square meter manufactory classroom!

When are you coming to visit? We look forward to welcoming you.

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*e-Golf: Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.7 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 0 (combined); efficiency class: A+

**ID. CROZZ: The vehicle is not for sale yet and therefore is not subject to the EU Directive 1999/94.