Volkswagen implementing electric strategy

Posted on 05 Dec 2018 and read 413 times
Volkswagen implementing electric strategyFollowing the recent conversion of its Zwickau (Germany) plant to building electric vehicles, Volkswagen says it now intends the same for its plants at Emden and Hanover.

Board member Gunnar Kilian said: “We are moving at full speed into the production of electric vehicles. Together with Zwickau, Emden and Hanover will form the largest network for the production of electric vehicles in Europe.”

It is planned that Emden will produce electric vehicles from 2022. In Hanover, models of the electrically powered ID.Buzz family will probably be produced from 2022, together with conventionally powered vehicles.

Production of the models currently manufactured at Emden and Hanover will be transferred to other group plants. For the Emden and Hanover plants, an employment guarantee up to 2028 has been agreed.

Mr Kilian ( said: “This offers security for the employees during the transformation.

However, fewer production steps are involved in making an electric vehicle, so we have agreed with the Works Councils that the current employment volume will be adapted in a socially compatible way via Volkswagen’s partial early-retirement scheme.”

Manfred Wulff, Works Council chairman at the Emden plant, said: “The automotive industry and Volkswagen are undergoing the greatest transformation in their history, and the Emden plant is at the forefront.

“The employment guarantee up to 2028 will give employees and their families security; the transition to e-mobility offers clear prospects for the future.”

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