On Thursday, 18 Nov, Daimler announced the production of the first in-house electric motor vehicles at their 120-year-old Berlin-Marienfelde production plant. Earlier the investment in the oldest Berlin plant was known to be two-digit million Euro, which is now raised up to a three-digit million Euro figure. Nevertheless, the production date for e-motors has not been confirmed.
Workers who were previously under the impression that they would lose their employment since 6-cylinder diesel motor production is set to finish this year, as revealed by Daimler in September 2020, are said to be relieved by the news.
YASA’s founder Tim Woolmer in conversation with Reuters in July this year said that the axial-flux motors developed by YASA weigh a fraction of its diesel equivalent and can foster the scale of EV by 7 per cent. YASA was acquired by Daimler earlier in 2020.
Woolmer also reveals that Daimler has asked YASA to reduce the manufacturing cost of their motors in future releases so that they can be used in their whole line of EV motors.
The motor giant further stated that the workers fearing for their position after their statement in September 2020 will be offered to be retained in the field of software and coding.
Works council chairman, Michael Rahmel, further added that 2,300 workers from 450 plants have applied to attend the initial 160-hours training in software development. Daimler digital training campus is going to be initiated from next year in partnership with Siemens.
Production head Joerg Burzer also mentions that e-motor production will require fewer workers since it is easier to make than its diesel equivalent. However, he does not clear out the headcount, losing their jobs. Burzer went on to say that the implementation of a digital training campus will result in the creation of new employment.
A current union agreement guarantees the factory’s employees their jobs until the commencement of 2030.