Sunday, November 20, 2016

Electric cars will bring Daimler-workers – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

you dare to Volkswagen not even to dream of: Mercedes logs record by record, the rate of return is in the double-digit range. But also under the star, there is considerable uncertainty. Particularly where the highly esteemed and well-paid employees of Diesel and petrol engines, transmission and drive components manufacture. Their skills are not needed for an electric car.

Susanne Preuß author: Susanne Preuß, Economics correspondent in Stuttgart.

“I want to warn you to be hysterical,” says Michael Brecht, the group works Council Chairman of Daimler, in an interview with this newspaper. He hopes that in three to four months, the facts on the table, so that it is clear, as the electrical offensive of Mercedes on the employment acts – in order for the course to be in the right place, if investment is decided.

a Lot has already happened, what the employee was irritated rather. At the end of October, for example, Daimler announced plans to invest one billion euros in a production network for Lithium-ion batteries. The heart of this network is in Kamenz in Saxony, where the German Accumotive GmbH & co. KG has its headquarters – far from the traditional locations and structures of the Daimler group. One or more electric motors. Since Daimler supports the long-term experience of the supplier Bosch, which builds the motors in Hildesheim, Germany. “This is not rocket science, we can”, says Michael Brecht and asks: “do We have to stay in the game.”

Common analysis instead of direct confrontation

Brecht, see the “parts list E-mobility”, of which parts will have an electric car and where this in-house or outsourced to be manufactured. “We want to see all the new employment opportunities, and then this discussion,” asks Brecht. The direct confrontation with the company he avoids, not only because he maintains a relationship of trust to his Baden country man, the Daimler personnel chief Wilfried Porth,. Brecht sees the matter in a pragmatic way: “The analysis we do together. I don’t want it after long discussions about whether the results are right or wrong." First working groups have been formed in the past few days.

As the basis for the investigation, the “Elab”study, the year 2012, which was a joint work of the company and the works Council with the Fraunhofer IAO Institute, the Institute for vehicle concepts of the German center for air and space travel, and the IMU-Institute of the IG Metall. At that time, four years ago, was the Tenor, the electric mobility may even be jobs. However, the researcher had planned at the time, still be careful. In the year 2030, the share of internal combustion cars would be dropped to 40 percent, was the reference scenario considered by the researchers for most likely.

After Tesla blows the Mercedes E-attack

has Since been taken care of but Tesla for vibrations in the car world, and the imagination kindled. Within 24 hours, have pre-ordered this spring, 180,000 people a Tesla Model 3, from which it scarcely knew anything. So many potential customers? She also made at Mercedes noisy, where you can actually develop a car to perfection before you print to order forms.

Barely half a year later, blew the Mercedes to the attack. On the auto salon in Paris EQ was presented “” as a new brand for electric cars, which are coming one after the other on the market. It is started with the Mercedes GLC-EQ. The sporty SUV-coupe with 500 kilometres to go in 2019 in the series.

43431492 contact: Daimler-Chairman of the works Council, Michael Brecht (right) and staff, Board of management Wilfried Porth

the GLC-EQ in Bremen is Built, what appears to be logical: There is the competence for the SUV of Mercedes-bundled, so as to Sindelfingen for the upper class- (E – and S-class) and Rastatt compact car. Location for site is now to be negotiated.

dislocations are to be expected – one way or the other

Hairy, the thing is where drive technology, specifically for the internal combustion engine is made. 30,000 employees were involved together in order, for cars and commercial vehicles, says the group works Council chief Michael Brecht. The risk that fast-only electric vehicles are made, he sees only as a theoretical. However, significant distortions are to be expected in the case of a smoother Transition, even if the battery and the electric motor will be mounted to this Daimler-team (which is not currently the case, and what was in part quite different skills required). Only one-seventh of the scope of work would be left at the end, is the acceptance in the group. This would not, in the case of a total permanent piece of 4300 jobs.

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“We are under steam, and need to see how we manage to do that,” says Brecht. The biggest brake for the change is likely to be the current success of Mercedes: the demand for conventional cars is growing. “Today we can solve a Problem that only arises 2030″, the works Council chief: “The question is, whether the Transitions are controllable. We need to invent until then, just again and again." And so Brecht calls the Daimler-guidance now of what has been hitherto rather as an exposure to the employees: “You have to be thinking the impossible.”


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