Thirty thousand jobs could be lost at Volkswagen if you move too slowly into the production and distribution of electric vehicles. Herbert Dies, Citing Handelsblatt’s briefings, in addition to Reuters’ own sources, the company’s president allegedly spoke at its supervisory board meeting in September.
Diess argues that this drastic move is necessary because of new entrants to the German market, including Tesla. The US manufacturer with 12,000 employees produces 500,000 cars per year, while Volkswagen’s 25,000 stock in Wolfsburg is 750,000. The company spokesperson also acknowledged that the presence of Tesla and other manufacturers has spurred the transition to electric cars – but also denied that calculations have been made of how much work could be lost in the process.
There is no doubt that we need to consider the competitiveness of our Wolfsburg plant for new entrants to the market.
– Told Michael Menske A Volkswagen spokesperson referring to Tesla and other Chinese manufacturers.
In addition, Tesla is establishing a new factory in Berlin that can produce 5-10 thousand cars per week at peak performance, twice the German average last year.
A Volkswagen spokesperson said the allegations of tens of thousands of layoffs were “nonsense and unfounded” but declined to comment on whether the CEO actually meant it. A spokesperson for the Lower Saxony region directly ruled out the possibility of such layoffs.
An electric car consists of far fewer parts than conventional motor vehicles, so it does not require much labor. According to some estimates
By 2025, with the spread of electromobility up to one hundred thousand jobs It could also stop in the German automotive industry.
Volkswagen’s factory in Wolfsburg is the largest in the world: The factory, which currently employs a total of 50,000 people, does not currently manufacture electric cars, but electric sedans can be produced there from 2026, according to the manufacturer’s plans.