If you've ever been on a tour of an automotive factory, you know how mesmerizing it can be to see humans and robots work together to build our four-wheeled friends. The swift automation, the cleanliness, the trained hands deftly fitting pieces together and watchful eyes inspecting every piece of the car, it's all quite impressive, especially if the vehicle is one you, as an observer, are fond of. Even just seeing a fresh, gleaming badge being applied to immaculately painted sheet metal is enough to curl ones toes.

Such is the case with this video from of the E-Golf being pieced together in the Volkswagen's Wolfsburg plant. There's no narration or music - just the sounds of production - so it's easy to follow the singular motions that go into the process without distraction, with a slight sense of actually being on the floor. This solo video is only seven minutes long, so it's not quite the epic that was the BMW i3 production series. Therefore, we miss a lot of the initial build, such as pressing the sheet metal, painting, and putting together a lot of the inner workings.

What is refreshing to see is how much of the final touches of the electric Golf are done by hand using actual hand tools (and with typical German efficiency). There's even a person riding a bicycle through the factory at one point, which is common at Wolfsburg and also rather quaint.

Enjoy the video below, and if you have a suggestion for a good soundtrack to go along with it, sound off in the comments.


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      CoolWaters
      • 6 Months Ago
      Looks High Quality.
      atc98092
      • 6 Months Ago
      Impressive!
      Scott Satellite
      • 5 Months Ago
      At least this would be a way to still have your Golf built in Germany.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 6 Months Ago
      "There's even a person riding a bicycle through the factory at one point, which is common at Wolfsburg and also rather quaint." Auto factories (and other large production facilities and warehouses) are huge sprawling complexes. Bicycles are common, because they're a very practical way to get around. Trikes are also very popular, for carting around items like tools for repairs and maintenance.
      Joeviocoe
      • 6 Months Ago
      Pretty cool.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Great Video! For soundtrack, how about Eddy Grant's Electric Avenue. :)
      RB
      • 6 Months Ago
      Anke, du bist so hot Redhead
      • 6 Months Ago
      That sure doesn't look like "compliance car" production to me! Nice looking BEV... when will it be available in the States?
        Exooc news
        • 6 Months Ago
        0:52 exhaust pipes spotted GTE or standard model mixed in?
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 6 Months Ago
        I would be nice if they told us approx every hundredth car we have a EV sandwiched in between the gassers. Maybe every five-hundredth car? Volkswagen's head of R&D Hans-Jakob Neusser suggests, will see it undercut the recently unveiled BMW i3. Mounted transversely up front in the space usually occupied by the Golf's internal combustion engine is an in-house developed, engineered and produced synchronous electric motor. Tuned to operate at a maximum 12,000 rpm, it develops 114 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque in the most liberal of three driving modes. Drive is channeled to the front wheels through an in-house produced single speed gearbox known as the EQ270. Energy for the electric motor is provided by a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery that weighs 700 pounds and is mounted underneath the cargo compartment at the rear. Consisting of 264 individual cells sourced from Panasonic, it generates a nominal voltage of 232 volts. Charging time is put at a lengthy 13 hours on a household socket at a charging power of 2.3 kW. However, this can be cut to just four hours with an optional combined charging system that allows the e-Golf to plug in at a charging station boasting power levels of up to 40 kW. There are no compromises in interior space or overall accommodation, although the trunk loses its double floor feature, meaning there is slightly less luggage space than with other seventh-generation Golf models. As with the exterior, the interior boasts a familiar look apart from the instrumentation, which has been altered to in line with the driveline. The e-Golf also receives an 8-inch touchscreen color monitor as standard, providing the basis for a range of unique on-board functions, including a so-called range monitor, energy flow indicator and charge manager. Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20131108/carreviews/131109855#ixzz34Xb4Ofv1 Follow us: @AutoweekUSA on Twitter | AutoweekUSA on Facebook
      Rotation
      • 6 Months Ago
      I'm pretty sure I just heard on Radio Le Mans is that the Nissan ZEOD RC has fried its batteries and will not start the race at Le Mans. It did not succeed in running a lap at speed on battery power before breaking either. The car is awaiting new battery packs from the US, but they don't know they'll receive them in time and even if they do there isn't a lot of reason to think the new packs will be able to do what the old ones couldn't do.
      Tweaker
      • 6 Months Ago
      Dolt. Bicycles and tricycles are widely used in factories. Get out of the office once in awhile. "quaint" comes off condescending.
      sebringc5
      • 6 Months Ago
      A 3 month old video? Slow day on ABG? All the best, Aaron Lephart www.smartcar451.com
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