The skeletal car will give tech heads and car lovers a glimpse into the future when it is unveiled in Hanover on 15 June.
Volkswagen designed the eGon as a cutaway version of its popular 100% electric e-Golf model. It will go on display at IdeenExpo, a youth-based science and technology showcase.
eGon has been designed to foreground the electronics involved in the car. It also incorporates QR codes, meaning IdeenExpo visitors will be able to scan individual components of the car to hear more about it. Vocational trainees will also be on hand to discuss the unusual-looking vehicle and their technical training more generally.
Trainees at Volkswagen built the cutaway model
The company also hopes the minimalist car will stimulate interest in its electric vehicle range as it goes about recruiting the next wave of engineering and tech talent.
Justin Paursch, a Trainee Automotive Mechatronics Technician at Volkswagen, said the eGon project was a first for him and working on it had been a great learning experience. “The eGon model is very complex and required lots of different skills. Our team was made up of eight vocational trainees from different trades. We’re really looking forward to IdeenExpo and presenting our project to visitors at the event.”
Christoph Görtz, Head of Vocational Training at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg said the eGon had been a fun project for those involved but had also added considerably to the skill sets of the team. “Projects like this encourage motivation among the vocational trainees,” he said. “They not only transfer training content, they also encourage trainees to take a high level of responsibility, to show initiative and to create something tangible of their own that they can be truly proud of.”
The car is almost fully functional and will make its first live appearance during the IndeenExpo stage program.
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Volkswagen poised to capitalise on growing demand for electric vehicles
Despite being slugged with a US$1.2 billion (€1 billion) fine for falsifying diesel emissions records, Volkswagen shares were up after an encouraging Q1 earnings call last week. “VW is defying the odds and growing earnings while others decline,” Bernstein Research analyst Max Warburton said in a note on Thursday.
The company also owns a number of luxury automotive brands, including Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche and Audi. The latter two companies made up around 40% of Volkswagen’s earnings before interest and taxes for the first quarter of 2019. It also credited stronger sales of its higher margin SUV units and improved efficiency for its better than anticipated numbers.
It has moved aggressively into the burgeoning electric vehicle (EV) space and plans to release an electricity-powered SUV, a small mass market electric car and even an electric reincarnation of its famous hippie-friendly Kombi vans in the coming years.