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Volkswagen Trains Top Experts For The Production Of The I.D. Family

On Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

The Volkswagen brand is moving ahead with preparations for its major electric offensive by launching a comprehensive e-mobility competence programme. Within the framework of the “Future Electronic Engineer Program” (FEEP), 100 young engineers and skilled workers throughout the world will be trained as top production experts.

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As start-of-production specialists, they will occupy future-oriented positions in planning, the pilot hall, the e-mobility model group, the pre-series centre and electronics development. The first participants to complete the three- year programme will support the run-up phase of the I.D. family: the new generation of full-electric vehicles based on the modular electrification toolkit (MEB) in Zwickau.

Oliver Wessel, Head of the Pilot Hall, is responsible for the product creation process of all Volkswagen models together with his team. They are ensuring that series production of the models starts in the optimum way, and aim to provide one of the most comprehensive specialist training schemes in the industry with the FEEP.

“This year and next year, we will have to master about 80 starts of production. The vehicles have more digital intelligence on board than ever before. These are severe challenges. And the situation will become even more challenging with the MEB models. We need start-of-production specialists who can provide local support at our plants when the need arises and ensure a good start of production. We intend to implement outstanding volume production that meets our high quality requirements.”

The successful FEEP trainees will act as “midwives” for the new electric cars to be launched on the market as part of Volkswagen’s major electric offensive. Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the brand Board of Management responsible for E-Mobility, outlines the dimensions: “Within three years, Volkswagen will be starting production of a total of 27 electric car models for four brands in three regions of the world. At the Zwickau plant alone, models of three Group brands will roll off the production lines. In future, our MEB plants throughout the world will need young engineers who are thoroughly conversant with the requirements for production of the new vehicle architecture and also have considerable practical experience.”

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