Volkswagen Announced on Wednesday that it would renovate three plants in Germany to produce zero-emission electric vehicles, in order to be prepared to increase the production of this type of units against stringent European regulations.
The automotive company with headquarters in Wolfsburg said it would start production of electric vehicles at its facilities in Emden and Hanover in 2022. The Zwickau plant was previously designed to produce this type of units.
Volkswagen team manager Gunnar Killian said the company gave employment workers until 2028, although the company said it could reduce jobs "in a socially responsible way" because electric cars require less production steps
Analysts say car manufacturers will need to add electric vehicles to their proposal, in line with the new EU greenhouse gas emissions regulations for 2021.
Volkswagen and other car companies have largely intervened on diesel engine models, which have higher performance than gasoline, to meet the limits of carbon dioxide emissions, which experts say greenhouse gases cause global warming. However, the sales of diesel units in Europe has been reduced since it was discovered that Volkswagen has installed a computer program for them to pass the emission tests with a trap.
Following this incident, Volkswagen has paid more than 28,000 million euros ($ 31,000 million) in fines, illegal settlements and other sanctions. In a study that follows diesel technology it has been shown that vehicles from other manufacturers emit more nitrogen oxides emissions under real driving conditions than during the test. The EU introduced new testing procedures on September 1 to measure emissions under real driving conditions.
As sales of diesel cars declined, manufacturers began to move their production towards electricity units to meet the new CO2 limits, although demand was slow due to higher costs and the lack of convenient places to charge electricity and power units accounted for 0.6% of vehicle sales in the EU last year.
On Friday, the board of directors will decide on the breakdown of the establishments.