Reuters has managed to get information on the near future of Volkswagen. According to two sources in the organization, the automaker is going to convert three existing electric car production plants, but also to lay off.
The German Volkswagen Group, which has its factory in Slovakia, wants in the near future to rebuild three existing factories for classic cars with combustion engines to produce fully electric vehicles.
They will stay on the already known MEB platform. The MEB entry vehicle is going to be an economical car that will be competitive for Tesla's 3 model. It will probably reach sales in Europe by 2020. The new one by VW is worth up to € 20,000, making it the most economical electric car on the market. It will be at the factory in Zwickau.
The question is, how do other car manufacturers react and do not present their alternatives to affordable cars at a similar price. Volkswagen, however, wants to produce up to 200,000 of these vehicles, according to Reuters sources.
The second model is VW I.D. Aero, a mid-class sedan, whose production plans to take the factory to a factory in Emden where the Passat is currently being built.
The third model that VW wants to take is the well-known VW I.D. Buzz. It will be built at a factory in Hannover, Germany, where another VW T6 mini bus is currently being produced. Her production wants to take the car industry to Turkey at the American Ford plant.
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Everything needs to be discussed and, if so, to approve the strategic leadership of the automotive industry next week, November 16th.
According to Reuters sources, VW has long traded with the US automotive industry, not only in the production of small buses, but also in electric vehicles and cars. In addition, it will also work with SK Innovation, a South Korean battery manufacturer.
The reason for the rapid conversion of conventional cars into electric cars is not just competition on the market, a huge emissions scandal, but also the need to comply with EU regulations (35% reduction in car emissions by 2030).
Many German cities have also announced that they will stop dropping diesel cars in their centers, but from a certain year (which varies depending on the city), gasoline cars will stop being in the center. This is what the automotive industry wants to be ready for.
Unfortunately, the car industry will not be relieved. According to Reuters, about 14,000 people will have to work by 2020 only because of the production of electric cars that are much easier to manufacture than normal incinerators.