How Volkswagen Builds its New Electric Golf (w/ Video)



Originally published on EV Obsession.

Production of the Volkswagen e-Golf has begun at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg, Germany factory, and if you’re a technophile, like me, you’ll love watching this all-electric Vdub come together piece by piece, step by step.

As you can see, it’s actually built on the same production line as the standard Golf, but has fewer components that need installing. The drivetrain and battery plug right into the e-Golf from beneath the car, but because there is no exhaust system to install, that’s pretty much all there is to it … and yet there’s so much more here to take in.

There are so many cool little tricks Volkswagen uses to make sure everything is up to snuff, and its the little things that make a big difference. For example, the rubber jig used to align and install the e-Golf badge? It’s genius in its simplicity, pure and simple.

The rest of the production is pretty much the same thing Volkswagen would do on any other Golf, reminding us of the similarity between conventional and electric cars when it all comes down to it. And yet it all looks so much … simpler, doesn’t it? Fewer moving parts and mostly just cables and connectors, rather than all those fluid lines. Once more automakers realize that this is indeed a better way to build new cars, the world will be much better off.


Source | Images: AutoClub News.

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  • Leo S.

    Didn’t they imply a few years ago that they were not interested in making EVs? How times have changed. Tesla’s Roadster came out in 2008. Things appear to be moving faster than some expected.

    • Audi (a wholly-owned subsidiary of VW) has been building gas/electric hybrids since the 1989 Audi Duo, and the first Porsche built at the turn of the 20th century (Porsche began VW later, in the 1930s) was electric, so … I haven’t heard that. Maybe some exec said it somewhere back in 2008, maybe? Dunno. Link??

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