Volkswagen now lets factory visitors work on electric cars – but they have to pay for it

Anyone who has always wanted to know how an electric car is assembled can take a close look at the manufacturing process of the Volkswagen e-Golf. As of today, visitors to the Transparent Factory in Dresden have the opportunity to do their own hand at up to five stations along the production line. For the “get-together manufacturing experience”, however, those interested have to dig deep into their pockets.

Automotive wedding: The visitor watches attentively, after which, under the expert guidance of the Volkswagen employee, he is allowed to do a part of the job himself by hand. – (photo by VW)

As can be seen from a press release from Volkwagen, visitors can carry out assembly steps themselves under professional guidance during the production tour. This includes attaching the e-Golf logo or connecting the drive train and body. “The Transparent Factory is the showcase for Volkswagen’s electromobility. With the e-Golf, we will manufacture Germany’s best-selling electric vehicle in 2020. We will show customers, visitors and guests what tomorrow’s mobility means for Volkswagen, ”says VW sales manager Arnd Meyer-Clasen.


The tour lasts, as VW further reports, about two and a half hours, the number of participants is limited to a maximum of four people per group. Those who are interested should definitely have their credit card handy. The all-inclusive price for the hands-on event is 215 euros. VW production manager Jens Schlender emphasizes, however, that this “experience in the automotive world is something very special”.

Attaching the e-Golf lettering: One of up to five work steps that visitors are allowed to assist in the assembly. – (photo by VW)

The Wolfsburg-based company plans to continue the concept next year with the ID.3 then produced in Dresden. The first edition of the compact electric car is to be delivered to German customers from September.

Contact the author: stevietobias@wheelsjoint.com


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