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Reviews Electromobility: Daimler boss confirms job reduction at Mercedes-Benz

22:46  01 august  2021
22:46  01 august  2021 Source:   t3n.de

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Even if there will be new highly qualified jobs, it must be honest that the change to the production of electro-cars will cost jobs.

Daimler-Chef Ola Källenius bereitet Belegschaft auf Einschnitte vor. © DPA Daimler boss OLA Källenius prepares workforce on incisions.

Daimler boss Ola Källenius has become clear to the world on Sunday: "You have to be honest with the people. The assembly of an internal combustion engine brings more work with itself as the construction of an electric axis. Even if we would build the complete electric powertrain itself, we will deal with fewer people at the end of the decade. "

fewer jobs, but higher qualified

at the same time, he announced new and" high-quality "jobs in the course of the changeover. This is likely to mean software developers, battery experts and other specialists in questions of electrifying drives that the company has been looking for to acquire the company for a good year.

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In November of last year, Källenius had formulated in a Reuters format : "Our industrial footprint will change fundamentally in the course of the transition to the electric powertrain." At that time he had yet been linked to a lesser environmental footprint Part of the modern luxury promise was. In the future, this determines themselves mainly through sustainability and efficiency and no longer through opulent design and performance in excess.


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Killenius Current statement leaves little interpretation clearance, but ultimately only logical. Because it is undisputed that the production of an electric motor requires less industrial production, less manpower than the production of a conventional combustion engine. While an internal combustion engine is assembled along with transmission from at least 1,400 parts, an electric motor consists of only about 200 components together with batteries.

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Only in July Daimler had set itself much more ambitious targets for the introduction of an e-portfolio and announced the soon goodbye to the combustion engine for the Mercedes-Benz car trunk mark. Under the guiding term "Electric-only", the whole Mercedes business will be targeted for electric driving in the future. Already in 2025, around 50 percent of new sales should drive all-electric or hybrid. This is a doubling of previous planning.

works council sees no alternative to the battery electrical drive

The Daimler works council sees no alternative to electromobility. "You can not swim against the stream when the whole world is currently driving the battery electric drive," says Workers Representative Michael Brecht, but also clears that not everyone in the workforce so see. "Some colleagues are still on believing that we could continue for a while."

How high the workplace loss will fail, neither the works council still communicated the company's guidance. An current study of the Boston Consulting Group last foreseen for around half of the approximately 1.7 million jobs in the automotive industry and adjacent industries at least a change in the vocational image. For around 500,000 places there is a need for further education, so the analysts. As the meaning of the huge changes alone in engine technology should look like, remains unclear.

So far, well over 90 percent of all cars sold by Daimler have been equipped with an internal combustion engine. In the first half of 2021, the share of fully electric vehicles on sale was just three percent. The proportion of hybrid was just about it. Due to the rapidly changing guidelines from politics, however, the manufacturers assume that these numbers are moved in the medium term and then quite quickly towards electric vehicles.

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