Twelve minutes are allotted for the task, and 30 bolts are needed to complete it. It is the “marriage” of the drivetrain and the chassis. It is 3:56 in the afternoon in Dresden. Best man Sven Zeuke presses the start button. The two main parts of the car are bolted together in a fully automated process. It might not be as romantic as a ceremony at an altar, but it is still quite exciting.
Sven Zeuke, a 49-year-old industrial electronics engineer from the Rhineland, stands in the Gläserne Manufaktur. He spent the night traveling across Germany to be present for the production of his e-Golf.* “I set off right after watching Tatort,” he says, referring to a popular Sunday evening TV crime series. “I took the train from Waldbröl to Siegen, and then the bus.” He had originally made different travel plans, but had to change them at the last moment. “The bus was the only way to get here on time.” He arrived in Dresden at 6:24 in the morning. In excellent spirits. “I can really recommend the bus,” he says. “But don’t expect to get much sleep.”