Published on June 20th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro

Video: Watch The Volkswagen E-Golf Get Built

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June 20th, 2014 by
 

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 used to make sure everything is up to snuff, and it’s 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 they’d 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 automakers realize that this is indeed a better way to build new cars, the world will be much better off.

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  • http://neilblanchard.blogspot.com/ Neil Blanchard

    This is my favorite EV, so far (well, other than the Tesla, of course!). There is a mass of hoses above the motor, looks to be pretty complex motor cooling and/or heat pump plumbing, I guess? I like how they have fit the battery pack into the gas tank and exhaust tunnel spaces.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Yes, I think we can just exclude the Model S when talking about our “favorite” EVs. :D

      I can’t wait to see how this one sells, and to test drive it!

      • http://neilblanchard.blogspot.com/ Neil Blanchard

        Coincidentally, I just got a call *today* from VW America following up on my inquiry at my local VW dealer, about the eGolf. She could not tell me a date that it will come to the US, but it was great to hear from them.

        The dealer had called me within *an hour* of my online inquiry. They were confused about which Golf I was interested in, but I clarified it with them, and I’ll be sure to test drive one, and buy it if I can.

        • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

          Ha, funny. :D Have to send over a review or more when you do!

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