Best Man at His e-Car’s Wedding.

The Gläserne Manufaktur gives e-Golf* customers the chance to observe the assembly of their own car firsthand. Our customer Sven Zeuke took up the offer. He was even allowed to press the start button for the “marriage,” a fully automated process that joins the drivetrain and the chassis. While not quite as romantic as a real wedding, it’s definitely exciting. We were there too.

Sven Zeuke (left) and Ronny Freudenberg (right) inspect an e-Golf chassis.

Sven Zeuke wants to know how the e-Golf* is made. Not because he’s still trying to decide whether to buy one. He has long since made up his mind, and the e-Golf* is already his. The Gläserne Manufaktur now offers customers like Zeuke an “e-Golf* Production Tracking” package, which lets them be present during the production of their own car – and even do a little assembly work themselves under expert supervision. As a 49-year-old industrial electronics engineer from the Rhineland, Zeuke knows what he is doing.

Product expert Ronny Freudenberg greets Zeuke, who can hardly wait to see his future car. “It’s the first time I get to see the color I chose,” he says. He is especially looking forward to the marriage, which is when the drivetrain and the chassis are bolted together. His tour starts. In the production hall, driverless transport systems are delivering components to the assembly workers, who are bolting them together. Car bodies, held by gripper arms as they await their turn, hover above the hardwood floor made of Canadian sycamore. The assembly team makes 72 cars a day here. Last year it set a production record – of 13,735 new e-Golf*.

Zeuke arrives at the first station of the day and finally meets his e-Golf*. He is pleased with the Atlantic Blue Metallic paint job. A hoist brings the instrument panel into position. Zeuke is shown how to screw it onto the car body and proceeds to do so. Done. He can then use the joystick to move the hoist back.

Zeuke is even allowed to press the start button, and the drivetrain and the chassis are then joined in a fully automated process. First thirty bolts are used, then the production line moves on and ten more are added in the next step. Forty bolts now unite the drivetrain and the chassis for all time.

Eager to reunite

The day is drawing to a close. At the last station Zeuke is allowed to screw on the radiator grill himself. “Together with the logo it’s part of the e-Golf’s face,” says Freudenberg. Two steps are all that are needed to firmly attach the grill to the e-Golf*. Zeuke gently runs his fingers over the Volkswagen logo.

Sven Zeuke and a production specialist examine Sven’s work on the radiator grill.

An electric car makes sense for Zeuke. He has solar panels on his roof and does not wish to be dependent on gas prices. “What could be better than using your own surplus power for your car?” he asks. He is delighted with his new e-Golf* and impressed by the Gläserne Manufaktur. “I’ve become attached to the car,” he says. They will meet again in two or three weeks, when Zeuke drives his e-Golf* home from the dealership.

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*e-Golf: Power consumption combined 13,8 - 12,9 kWh/100 km - CO2 emissions in g/km: 0 combined - efficiency class: A+