Union wants Daimler to focus on evees
AROUND the world, the future of diesel cars is darker than the cloud of toxic fumes from their exhausts.
London, Paris and the Netherlands have already declared they will ban all diesel vehicles in the near future, while New Delhi tried this ban earlier this year.
That is the bad news for lovers of the high levels of torque that turbo diesel engines provide. The good news is that electric motors provide lots more torque, instantly, and electric trucks and cars are already being built to drive in these cities.
With the end of the internal combustion engine on the horizon, the union boss at Daimler last week said the company must invest more in electric vehicles to protect future jobs.
An electric vehicle requires at least 10 times fewer parts than one driven by an internal combustion engine and Michael Brecht, a vice-chairperson of Daimler’s supervisory board and works council chief, said Daimler should avert the job losses electric cars will cause at its parts manufacturing plants simply by getting these plants to make components for electric engines.
Daimler is the world’s leading premium car maker, employing 284 000 people. Similar to other listed German companies, half of its supervisory board is made up of labour representatives who collectively have power to block company decisions.
Brecht told Reuters such a move can save the jobs of 19 000 people currently employed to make engines, transmissions and axles at just one of Daimler’s many factories.
Brecht said the works council want the German Daimler sites to participate in the company’s electric car strategy, not only in research and development but also in manufacturing.
But Brecht does not like the idea of a future with small, localised factories making anything on demand.
This is the future according to the likes of Professor Gordon Murray with his iStream design, John Rogers of Arizona-based Local Motors, and Daimler’s chief executive Dieter Zetsche.
Brecht urged caution against Zetsche’s vision to move employees into collective “swarm organisations” as part of his drive to encourage entrepreneurial freedom and a more experimental approach to products.
Brecht told Reuters Zetsche’s campaign may need certain framework rules to avoid asking too much of employees. — Wheels Reporter.