He’s been at the factory from the very start:
Stefan Ochocki was involved in the launch of the Phaeton in the Transparent Factory back in 2001. “With that car, we were at the top compared to what was on the market then,” he says bluntly. Perhaps a bit nostalgic that the Phaeton is no longer being produced? The 43-year-old stands in front of a glass wall that separates the visitors’ area from assembly. He looks out over the moving line, which now produces 35 e-Golfs a day. He smiles: “Now we’re once again at the forefront of a brand new trend and leading the pack when it comes to electric mobility.” Ochocki sees the e-Golf as one of the first steps on this path to the future.
As the electrical specialist in charge, ...
... this Dresden native can anticipate any question concerning high-voltage technology. His motto: Have the facts ready to alleviate any possible concerns. “The fact is, when you’re working with high-voltage batteries, nothing can actually happen during day-to-day assembly work,” he says, touching the orange power cable. “There’s no voltage in here until the assembly process is complete,” he explains. “What’s more, all the contacts directly on the battery and the connections are protected against direct contact.”
Regardless of whether ...
... they work directly on the production line or in an office: each of the 250 employees currently working in the Transparent Factory has to complete at least one two-hour training session on high-voltage technology with Stefan Ochocki. During these sessions, he not only explains how to handle and store a battery, but also discusses general issues regarding electric mobility such as range and road performance.
The biggest challenge ...
... facing the factory’s realignment over the past year was the “super tight schedule” for converting the factory, Ochocki sayst. Special conveyor technology was adapted to be in line with the Group’s standards, so that other models can be assembled there in future if necessary. The workflows now also more closely meet the specifications in the “Assembly White Book,” which defines Group-wide standards. Another specification requires 18 additional screw points for the high-voltage battery to ensure that it stays safely connected to the chassis over the vehicle’s service life.
Picking up a new electric vehicle
Ten customer advisors at the Transparent Factory look after customers purchasing electric vehicles. Regardless of whether they opt for an e-up!, an e-Golf, a Golf GTE or a Passat GTE – every model with an electric drive can be picked up in Dresden. A visit to the Transparent Factory is included.
e-Golf: Power consumption in kWh/100 km: 12.7 (combined), CO₂ emissions in g/km: 0, efficiency class: A+