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BERLIN (Reuters) -Daimler will produce the first in-house electric motor at its oldest plant in Berlin, the carmaker mentioned on Thursday, offering reduction to staff fearful that the diesel motor manufacturing web site was on the point of deep job cuts.
Workers who feared for his or her positions after Daimler (OTC:) mentioned in September 2020 its Berlin web site would finish manufacturing of the 6-cylinder diesel motor inside a yr would even be supplied retraining in software program and coding, the German firm mentioned.
Investment within the 120-year-old Berlin-Marienfelde plant, beforehand pinned at a two-digit million euro quantity, will rise to a low three-digit million euro quantity within the subsequent six years, Daimler mentioned.
The motor, referred to as an axial-flux motor and designed by the British startup YASA which Daimler acquired earlier this yr, weighs a fraction of its diesel equal and may enhance the vary of an EV by up to 7%, YASA’s founder Tim Woolmer advised Reuters in July.
Woolmer mentioned at the time that Daimler had briefed YASA to carry prices down in future iterations of its motor so the carmaker might use them throughout its whole EV vary.
The e-motor is less complicated to produce than its diesel equal, that means the plant will ultimately require much less staff – however the precise variety of future job losses was not but clear, head of manufacturing Joerg Burzer mentioned on a press name. A begin date for manufacturing of the motor was not supplied.
The digital coaching campus, which Daimler partnered with Siemens in March to develop and which can go stay in 2022, would additionally create new jobs, Burzer mentioned.
The manufacturing unit’s round 2,300 workers are assured their positions till the start of 2030 beneath an current union settlement.
“A year ago, we didn’t know what would happen at the plant. Today we’re embarking on what will hopefully be a successful transformation with our heads held high,” Michael Rahmel, works council chairman at Berlin-Marienfelde, mentioned in an announcement.
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