Günther Schuh has been Professor of Production Systematics at RWTH Aachen University since 2002. He is also director of the FIR Research Institute for Rationalization, one of the directors of RWTH’s Machine Tool Laboratory (WZL) and part of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT). Before heading up e.GO, he was co-founder of the electric vehicle manufacturer Streetscooter.
Mr. Schuh, where is e.Go currently at?
We have had to change some components, so that has held us up a bit, but we are still planning to go into service production in March 2018. For the first three months, we’ll be producing only one or two cars a day, while we work up our new system and factory. Then, by November, we’ll be up to 45 vehicles a day. We originally intended to produce 800 cars in 2018 but the demand has been so great and we’ve already sold so many, that we have been forced to expand production to 1,800 vehicles next year.
Are there any developments you can share with us?
Our second car is the People Mover. We are planning to produce 400 of these in 2019 and by 2020 will be making some 3,500, around 30 per cent of which will be self-driving. Between 2021 and 2022, we’ll be producing at least 15,000 at our factory.
We’re also planning to launch e.GO Life’s big brother in 2019: the Booster is a longer reinforced version with more performance and a bigger battery. We are building two new factories for them on our site in Aachen and are planning a fourth factory for the e.GO Life and Booster chassis.