VW: Switching to e-cars could cost 30,000 jobs


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Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess warned of massive job cuts in the group at a supervisory board meeting in September. 30,000 positions could be eliminated if Volkswagen does not switch to electric cars quickly enough. This reports Reuters, citing people who are familiar with the matter.

Now the top of the Volkswagen group is moving out to straighten the picture: “A reduction of 30,000 jobs is no problem“, it said from the environment of CEO Diess. At the supervisory board meeting there was such a threatened job cuts no immediate or concrete scenario been.

Start of production of the VW ID.3

Volkswagen plant in Zwickau

Discuss the efficiency of the plant

But it is urgently necessary about topics such as workload and production Volkswagen says: “There is no question that we have to deal with the competitiveness of our plant in Wolfsburg in view of the new entrants in the market.”

It’s all about that Arch-rivals Tesla and his new plant near Berlin. While Tesla used to build 500.000 Autos a year only 10,000 employees plan to have the largest German VW plant in Wolfsburg before the Corona crisis 25,000 people approximately 700.000 Autos manufactured.

Switch to electromobility

According to a study by the Fraunhofer Institute, VW can overcome the decline in work volume associated with e-mobility socially acceptable job cuts and manage new jobs, for example in battery production.

Volkswagen is already providing the Locations Zwickau, Emden and Hanover switched from combustion to electric cars. The main plant in Wolfsburg is supposed to 2026 with the electric model Trinity.

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