"Today is a milestone for the Transparent Factory on the way to becoming a center of future mobility. Furthermore, it is a good day for our employees, for the city of Dresden and for the state of Saxony. The age of e-mobility has now begun in Dresden for Volkswagen," said the new plant manager Lars Dittert. Initially, from the start of production of the e-Golf, between 250 300 people will be working at the plant, with single-shift operation.
"We are very pleased cars are again being produced at the Transparent Factory – especially as this is an electric vehicle, symbolizing the mobility of the future," said Thomas Aehlig, Chairman of the Works Council of the Dresden plant. With respect to the return of employees to the Transparent Factory, he emphasized: "It is a good thing that part of the workforce is now working in Dresden again. We expect that further steps will follow."
The start of production in Dresden is part of the Volkswagen brand's electrification offensive. In future, e-mobility is to become a trademark of Volkswagen. The major electrification offensive is due to start from 2020.
The newly built e-mobility station in front of the Transparent Factory was also commissioned in the presence of Dr. Robert Franke, Head of the Economic Development Department of the City of Dresden. Power for the two charging units (4 x 50 kW; 2 x 43 kW), which allow the simultaneous use of four charging points, is to be taken from six photovoltaic panels at the Transparent Factory, each with an area of 22 square meters. The vehicles charged here will therefore be operated on a virtually carbon-neutral basis. The charging points, protected by an elegant carport, will be accessible to the public. As a special feature, excess energy is to be stored in a long-life battery with a capacity of 130 kWh or fed to the power grid at the plant.
Robert Franke emphasized: "This is the filling station of the future. Volkswagen is breaking new ground in Dresden and showing us what future mobility means. We want to become a modern city for e-mobility. For this purpose, we will need a closely meshed network of public charging stations in the future."
Following the start of production, Lars Dittert (43) was also presented as the new plant manager of the Transparent Factory. Dittert studied industrial engineering in Dresden before joining the production controlling department of Audi in Neckarsulm. He then spent four years with Skoda Auto in Mladá Boleslav, where he was head of sales and participation controlling. Most recently, he managed the controlling department of Volkswagen Sachsen.
Recently, Volkswagen Sachsen and the City of Dresden agreed on a comprehensive partnership to foster e-mobility and digitalization which is to make Dresden a model city for Integrated, sustainable urban mobility. In addition to the Autostadt Wolfsburg, the Transparent Factory is to become a delivery point for the electrified models of the Volkswagen brand, the e-up!, e-Golf, Golf GTE and Passat GTE5. A year ago, the Transparent Factory was opened as a "showcase for e-mobility and digitalization" for visitors and customers. More than 30 exhibits and vehicles currently give an impression of the mobility of the future in an interactive, playful way. In 2016, the facility was visited by more than 85,000 people and more than 2,300 potential customers went on test drives with electric models.