VW works council wants to accelerate e-cars at the main plant

Released on 02.10. 2021

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Before this year’s planning round of the group, the employee representatives in Wolfsburg are concerned about the future capacity utilization of the main plant and are calling for a faster path to the production of electrical Cars.

Wolfsburg (dpa) – In view of the fact that the main plant in Wolfsburg is underutilized, the VW works council is calling for a more rapid route to the production of e-cars.

«The difficult situation in The Wolfsburg plant is a clear focus of the ongoing consultations for this year’s planning round, ”said the general and group works council chairman Daniela Cavallo, according to a statement on Saturday. With the conclusion of the planning round, the investments in the global group locations would be determined in about six weeks. The resolutions reached into the second half of the decade.

Cavallo and her deputy Gerardo Scarpino referred to the tense situation at the main plant. For the second year in a row, the factory is threatened with a historic production low since the post-war period. Last year Wolfsburg only had half a million vehicles. This year, also marked by considerable short-time work, it should even be less.

This means that the main plant not only falls below the most recent ten-year average of just under 780. 000 cars per year. The occupancy commitments agreed with the company are also far from this: With the end 2016, the board of directors had decided on the future pact for the Year 2020 a utilization of at least 780. 000 vehicles in the main plant guaranteed. In the middle 2018 the goal of a million vehicles was even promised. “Even after adjustment for the current negative factors corona and semiconductor shortages, we are far from these mutually agreed plans,” said Cavallo.

The workforce is increasingly concerned. “She does not know such long short-time working phases,” said Cavallo. This applies not only, but also especially to the colleagues at the main plant.

The Trinity lighthouse project, with which a completely new VW flagship is coming to the main plant in the middle of the decade, won’t turn the tide. The start of production for Trinity is promised for 2026. “It can already be seen from the development of the numbers that the Trinity will not be sufficient to utilize the plant,” emphasized Scarpino. The location needs a quicker route to e-mobility, demanded Cavallo, it must be a “voluminous model”.

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