Most of us drive our cars every day, but do we really understand what goes into making the little box on wheels that makes our life a little easier?
Here at Transport Evolved, we’re complete car nuts, with our fascination with all things automotive going well beyond just plug-in cars. Collectively, we’ve owned a whole slew of different types and ages of cars, and we’ve got our hands dirty plenty of times getting to know the nuts and bolts of what makes our rides work. But even we admit to not really knowing a whole lot about how cars are put together — and we’ve been on a couple of factory tours.
Sadly, we don’t get to see the entire process from start to finish, but the video does start by following the construction of one of the most important parts of any electric car: its electric motor and drivetrain assembly.
Like any modern automotive factory (perhaps with the exception of the Renault Twizy production facility in Spain which is relatively low-tech) the Volkswagen e-Golf production process involves a fair number of automated hoists, car lifts and computer-aided equipment. But as we follow the line of e-Golfs being produced, we get to witness the perfect timing and efficiency of the Wolfsburg facility as cars are slowly built by man and machine on its rotating conveyor belt.
The exquisitely-produced video also gives us a rare chance to look inside an electric car to see some of the components fitted that normally hide behind exterior body panels and covers. From the watching the fitting of the power lines which extend from the car’s power inverter all the way to the installation of its 26.5 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, the whole process is like watching a very slow yet beautifully choreographed dance.
We know the 2014 Volkswagen e-Golf isn’t quite hitting the market in most markets yet, but if you’re tempted after watching this short video you’ll be pleased to know it goes on sale in the UK later this summer and select U.S. markets this winter. U.S. pricing has yet to be set, but UK buyers will be looking to spend £25,845 after £5,000 government incentive.
Watch the video above and let us know your favourite bit in the Comments below. Ours is the bit where VW shows how they get the badges so straight in the factory. We never knew how they did that… until now.
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