Herbert Diess: Negative scenarios for EVs are too much!

Herbert Diess believes that “the negative scenarios for EVs that are often rumored are excessive”. In an interview with the German agency Dpa, the chief executive of the Volkswagen group tried to dispel concerns raised by politicians and trade unionists about the consequences facing the automotive industry.

VW CEO did not dismiss the fears, but focused with his speech on the opportunities that will open up in the future of the car thanks to vehicle digitization programs and production processes. Also for this reason, for the top executive it is necessary to avoid a “dramatization” of the consequences for the workforce.

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Herbert Diess

The transition to electric mobility will have a number of important effects on the automotive industry, particularly employment.
“We will remain a car manufacturer for many decades to come. To build a lot of cars, we’re going to need a lot of people on the production lines. At least by 2030 many workers will carry out activities similar to those of today.

Maybe they will be more automated, but basically the construction activities will not disappear,” Diess said. In any case, the development of greater IT skills will entail a number of significant and profound changes for Volkswagen and the automotive sector in general.

“We will grow in the software sector with new employees. However, unlike other industries, the change in the automotive industry takes a long time. For us, two life cycles of a model are estimated at 15 years.”

The size of the Volkswagen group could slow its adjustment to the new market context, but even in this case Herbert Diess dismisses any concern: “If we continue to take a positive path, we can safely save most of the jobs and areas of activity.”

Therefore, the Wolfsburg-based manufacturer will be able to adapt its operating model to the changes that are happening and the same will happen with its suppliers.

“70% of this transformation is unaffected because the seats remain seats, the steel remains steel,, the wheels remain wheels and the brakes remain brakes.”

The situation is quite different for engines “but in this area too the change is overrated because already today it is not the sector with the highest employee employment,” Diess said.

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