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Princely 
Visit

Albert II of Monaco experienced first-hand how an e-Golf¹ is produced in the Transparent Factory in 
Dresden.

With the help of employee Gilbert Schulze (back), Prince Albert screws a drive set to the body of the e-Golf. Watching is board member Thomas Ulbrich.

The red carpet was rolled out at the beginning of the month in the Transparent Factory in Dresden: Prince Albert II of Monaco paid a visit to the German site. The head of state met with Thomas Ulbrich, member of the Volkswagen Brand Board for E-mobility and spokesperson for the management of Volkswagen Saxony, CFO Kai Siedlatzek and Plant Manager Lars Dittert for talks.

"Electric mobility is the gateway to the future of the automotive industry."

“Electric mobility is the gateway to the future of the automotive industry,” said Ulbrich
in his welcome speech, explaining to the head of state the planned electrical offensive of the Volkswagen brand. This will begin in late 2019 with the start of production of the I.D. family in Zwickau, and later in Dresden as well. “Our plants in Saxony will play a pioneering role in this future technology,” Ulbrich stressed. This will make the Volkswagen brand the Group-wide technology leader in the field of e-mobility.

Prince Albert II of Monaco was shown that the Transparent Factory is already a pioneer for Volkswagen’s electro offensive during a tour of the e-Golf production plant. The Prince tested a new sensor jacket from the Dresden-based start-up Wandelbots, with which industrial robots can be programmed faster than ever before. The special highlight: together with Gilbert Schulze, team spokesperson in Assembly, he did some fittings at the high-point station, where the body is connected to the drive unit. “Everything went very quickly: we climbed up the ladder, the Prince took the EC cordless screwdriver and screwed it together,” says Schulze. “That was pretty cool, a great experience.”