- Volkswagen intends to open its first electric car factory at the Zwickau venue. In one year, the first golf cars will be rolled out of the factory.
- The switch to electromobility has a new level of automation. There will be 1700 robots in the Zwickau plant.
Zwickau – The head of the training at Volkswagen in Saxony does not make any secret of the challenges: "Electromobility is not at risk," said Bernd Füsting, who works here in Zwigs's VW plant on a big change. He is currently training people how to handle heavy and avoid very rare batteries that can be turned off. It's a pioneering work, as this factory is to drive Volkswagen for electric mobility – the first ever electric car factory by the world's largest garmaker. Mamot task is the conversion during the operation, they say, up to just one year the first golf cars will be introduced from the factory. And not only in the construction of robots and machines that are already around, which alone costs € 1.2 billion.
Occupational safety must be reconsidered. In the future, it will no longer be about transfer and fuel pipes, but HV, for high voltage. In the cars, between the wheels, the battery packs will be full – there is a 400 volt voltage there, a deadly risk! In the warning symbols he had to train the people, said Fusting, and in it, where they are allowed to touch: blue, safe, twelve volt. Red, extremely dangerous, 400 volt. A lot of a hundred workers from the band will be sent through such training in the coming weeks, learning all the plugging, so cars are very common . Defibrillators hang up everywhere, if anything happens, and practice pulling power victims out of the car with a hook. It's definitely safe. Only one of the new aspects VW will deal with in the future.
The group looks for the future, or as Thomas Ulbrich, CEO for electric mobility calls: "The e-story starts, there's a new era like that. First Beetle or First Golf. " The various chapters, as seen in this week: On Friday, VW's supervisory boards want to finally decide that the Emden and Hannover factories will also build electricity cars in the future. There were some arguments with the employee's representatives and also with the condition of Sacsi Isaf, who feared as a joint VW owner for jobs. In the "planned round" as it is called, Negotiations will be discussed on Friday, how much investment is in gasoline and diesel. It will be smaller. As of 2025, one million electric cars of cars sold every year, out of a total of ten million vehicles at present.
You do not have to restart the car industry completely; There are four wheels still attached to the fashion. But in Zwickau, the effort is clear. Also, the bill is a new one: The ID, which they will now build here, and get the Neo operating name, will cost as much as diesel golf, which they are currently being built. But the sale price of around 25,000 Euro will be rarely held on Volkswagen. The start costs a lot of money. And above all, the cost of the battery is close, says Ulbrich: 40% of the vehicle value is part of this component, which includes expensive chemicals and metals. That's the reason why they are aiming to produce their own battery cells at the corporate headquarters, led by Stefan Sommer's purchasing director. So far, they use batteries that LG Chem and Samsung manufactures in Hungary and Poland for the Zwickau plant – it is allegedly not with coal electricity.
The VW scheme for Saxony is clear: there will be 100,000 electric cars of the Audi, Seat and Volkswagen brands produced in 2020, two years later, then there should be 330,000. After Tesla's factory in California, the largest electric car factory in the world – so the customer will play. Because that is the big anonymous in this anticipation.
"We will lead e-mobility out of the site," said Ulbrich with conviction, and it shows a slide where the curves show steeply up, at least Europe and China. Then, politicians will punish producers who continue to rely solely on burning machines soon.
If the Zwicks production has "broken" as they say in VV onomatopoea, with English pronunciation, more and more plants will follow their suit, in Germany, but also in the United States. In addition, the company's car electric power works. Porsche, for example, is building a completely new factory for electric battery car in Stuttgart-Feuerbach. From the end of 2019 to the e-name model of the Taycan name being introduced. In addition, more and more old engine factories will be new tasks from then on; There will be fewer jobs in these factories: Electricity is only one tenth and less tenth as diesel.
At the same time more and more machines move to the work. Zwickau also shows: A new level of automation includes electromobility. There will be 1700 robots in Zwickau when both production lines are completed. Yet big cuts should not be cut. By 2025, job security will apply. How does this accompany each other? The 7700 people are supposed to work closely with their metal colleagues. There are very large robots already available, with suction cups for body and small lifting, with only parts. This should reduce the construction time of one-fifth car; There are 1500 electric cars a day to be distributed from these halls, instead of 1350 cars with diesel or petrol machines.
Not everyone in Zwickau is convinced that this is the right way. And that is also a training point: self-driving and therefore experience of electric mobility. Motives and change of mind are talking to the managers. They have an advertising slogan, which is to help: "The Six," with a screw E. back while the workers were VW-Kittel burning engines in the Gulf. Yet.