29th January 2018

From Trainee Diary: Trip to Dresden and the home of the E-Golf

My name is Alexander Löhr, I am 25 years old, a trainee in the International Sales Department of SKODA and a graduate In Business and Engineering of Dresden University of Technology.

Besides our work in our departments we trainees are also gathering together once per month for the so-called Trainee rounds to learn more about the work of our colleagues and the future development of the brand. On the 2nd November I had the pleasure to organize the Trainee round with my colleague Ondra which lead us to Dresden. After our arrival we had a guided tour through Dresden’s beautiful old town and then moved on to the so called “Gläserne Manufaktur” the plant of the e-Golf.

An extraordinary factory

The Gläserne Manufaktur does not look like a normal factory. The whole exterior of the plant is made out of glass and it is located in the city center next to a park. But also everything going on inside of the factory is out of the ordinary. At the former production plant of the VW Phaeton 300 employees manufacture around 35 e-Golfs with a mileage up to 300 km per day. Most of the parts for the production are delivered by a tram which is bringing them from the ware house to the factory to reduce the number of trucks in the city center, the transport within the factory is mainly done by autonomously driving robots and that is not all. The floor of the production line is made out of Canadian maple. As I said out of the ordinary.

VW is investing in e-mobility and in new technology

After our plant tour the Head of communication of Volkswagen Sachsen Mr. Krebs gave us an insight of the future development of the e-mobility concept of the Volkswagen group. Until 2025 it is not only planned to increase the number of electric models within the VW GROUP up to 80. Furthermore the VW GROUP has also decided to support start-ups which have a focus on fleet management, car sharing and navigation/parking services by launching an incubator program. Start-ups which make it to the program receive financially and intellectual support by Volkswagen and can furthermore move into office facilities of the Gläserne Manufaktur for 200 days. After the 200 days VW is deciding how to cooperate with the supported start-ups in the future and how the group can benefit from their expertise.

It was very interesting and inspiring for us to learn more about the e-mobility concept of VW and we are now even more motivated to face the future challenges of the automotive sector together at Skoda.

#skodatrainee

Alexander Löhr, Trainee

 

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