In view of the underutilized main plant in wolfsburg, the VW works council is calling for a more accessible route to the production of e-cars.
"The difficult situation at the wolfsburg plant is a clear focus of the ongoing consultations for this year’s planning round," said daniela cavallo, chairwoman of the general and group works council, according to a statement on saturday. With the conclusion of the planning round in about six weeks, investments in the group’s sites around the world were determined. The decisions go back to the second half of the decade.
Cavallo and her deputy gerardo scarpino referred to the tense situation at the parent plant. For the second year in a row, the factory is currently threatened with a historical low in production since the post-war period. Last year, wolfsburg only had half a million vehicles on the road. This year, also marked by considerable short-time work, it was even allowed to be less again.
This not only puts the parent plant below the youngest ten-year average of nearly 780.000 cars per year. The capacity utilization commitments agreed with the company were also far from that: for example, the board of management had set a capacity utilization of at least 820,000 cars for 2020 in the future pact agreed at the end of 2016.000 vehicles at the parent plant guaranteed. In mid-2018, even the goal of one million vehicles was in sight. "Even adjusted for the current negative factors of corona and the shortage of semiconductors, we are still a long way from our jointly agreed plans," said cavallo.
The staff is increasingly concerned. "It doesn’t know such long periods of short-time work," said cavallo. This applies not only, but especially, to the colleagues at the parent plant.
The trinity lighthouse project, which will bring an entirely new VW flagship to the main plant in the middle of the decade, will not turn the tide. Production start for trinity is planned for 2026. "It is already clear from the development of the figures that the trinity will not be sufficient to fill the capacity of the facility," scarpino emphasized. The location needs a faster path to e-mobility, cavallo demanded, it must be a "volume-ready model.