Thursday, 14 October 2021 17:38

Volkswagen Boss Warns Slow Shift to EVs Could Leave 30K Employees Jobless

Written by Joey Klender, Teslarati


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Volkswagen Auto Group CEO Herbert Diess met with a company supervisory board in September with a stern warning: a slow shift to electric vehicles from combustion engines could cost 30,000 company employees their jobs.

Diess has been the driving force behind the German auto giant’s shift to electrification. Competition continues to funnel into the European market, where Volkswagen has had success thus far with its ID. family of vehicles.


Diess said the company must speed up its adoption of EVs, or else it may fall behind, which could lead to some terminations, Reuters said.


The issue seems to be highly scoped on the output of its current employees. Volkswagen’s 25,000 Wolfsburg Plant employees are producing 700,000 vehicles annually. However, Tesla’s Giga Berlin factory in Germany will manufacture 500,000 cars per year with around half the employees. Tesla plans to hire 12,000 workers at the new factory in Europe, with its output only being slightly less than that of Volkswagen’s.


Volkswagen company spokespeople confirmed Diess’s statements from the supervisory board meeting, only solidifying the fact competition is real, it’s coming and there is no mercy.


“There is no question that we have to address the competitiveness of our plant in Wolfsburg in view of new market entrants,” said Michael Manske, a VW spokesperson.


Explicitly referring to Tesla and other automakers that have entered the region, Volkswagen is aiming to reach the potential other up-and-coming car companies have.


“Tesla is setting new standards for productivity and scale in Grunheide,” Manske said. Giga Berlin will have...

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