Daimler to Convert Engine Production to Electric at Its Largest Factory

February 14th, 2017

The simplicity of EV powertrains, compared to internal combustion, means that, “The plant will require significantly fewer employees.”

Via: Electrek:

Daimler has ambitious plans for electric vehicle production. It is among the few major automakers that not only have accepted the transition to fully electric propulsion in the auto industry, but who have also committed to converting production assets currently dedicated to internal combustion engine production. That’s a difficult move for large legacy automakers.

In one of its biggest move toward that goal, the company announced today plans for its major Untertürkheim plant to produce electric motors in a deal with workers.

Daimler employs over 19,000 people at the Untertürkheim factory, one of the biggest powertrain manufacturing facility in the world. There are a lot of complex internal combustion engines (ICE) coming out of that place, which produces everything from complete engines, axles, transmissions and other components.

Due to the transition to electric propulsion, which requires simpler electric motors, the company expects the modernisation of the plant will require significantly fewer employees.

Related: Mercedes Smart Brand Stopping Sales of Gas Powered Cars in U.S., Going EV Only

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