Volkswagen Apprentices Participate in eBeetle Car Race

Building an electric-powered eBEETLE from a Beetle ride-on car: that is the challenge of the “eBEETLE Car Race” competition for Volkswagen vocational trainees. The design competition organized by the Volkswagen Group Academy got underway at the end of April. The eBEETLE must be designed for autonomous driving as well as remote controlled operation and must have towing capability.

The six teams from various Volkswagen sites had ten weeks to design and build their eBEETLE to exact specifications. They were all given a Beetle ride-on car, a competition manual and a tool kit with standardized construction components. The tool kit included a battery-powered screwdriver to function as the eBEETLE engine and a design drawing showing the teams how to build the wheels themselves. Each project team consisted of eight vocational trainees, all learning different trades.

The eBEETLE final is taking place during IdeenExpo (IdeasExpo) 2015 in Hanover. In this climax to the competition, the six very individually designed eBEETLEs compete against each other in various disciplines.

About IdeenExpo 2015 

The motto of the fifth IdeasExpo is “High Five with the Future”. This year’s exhibition at the Hannover Messe fairground has expanded by over 12,000 square meters to some 100,000 square meters of halls and outdoor space. Around 342,000 visitors came to IdeasExpo 2013 (the exhibition takes place once every two years). The core target group includes 8th to 13th grade students who are at an age when career choices play a prominent role.

This interactive, hands-on event includes some 230 exhibitors, over 500 exhibits, some 600 workshops, an entertaining program on stage as well as concerts featuring top acts (including Marteria, Clueso, and Bosse). Admission to IdeasExpo is free. For further information, please go to (English and German) and (German only).