A strong team
At Zwickau, about 8,000 people are working on the production of the new electric car generation. They mastered the two-year conversion phase up to the start of production with considerable know-how and commitment. They will also be the key to ensuring that the ID.3 takes to the road with proven Volkswagen quality. For this purpose, Volkswagen has embarked on a gigantic qualification offensive. By 2020, all 8,000 employees will receive training to prepare them for their new tasks.
Volkswagen is committed to automobile production in Germany and intends to create long-term prospects for employees with the transformation to e-mobility. At Zwickau , this approach also includes an employment guarantee up to 2029 which has been agreed with the Works Council.
Training camp for e-mobility
In Zwickau, Volkswagen has embarked on the automotive industry’s largest training camp. By 2020, all 8,000 employees are to be prepared for the new requirements and job profiles of e-mobility. 3,000 employees are to be trained in specific specialist areas connected with e-mobility at the e-mobility training centre. All in all, the qualification program will include 13,000 days of training.
In addition, about 1,500 employees will complete what could be described as a high-voltage driving license. The main focus will be on the safe handling of high-voltage systems. Further training to qualify as an electrician or as an electrician specializing in set tasks is also possible. These qualifications are state-recognized.
This qualification offensive is being implemented in cooperation with the Volkswagen Training Institute in Zwickau. For this purpose, a dedicated high-voltage laboratory with electric training vehicles has been established. In addition to preparatory training in basic skills at the e-mobility training centre, the main focus is on robot training, highly advanced automation technology and vehicle electronics.
Made in Germany
The ID.3 is an electric car “made in Germany”: Almost all Volkswagen’s German facilities are involved in the development and production of the ID.3. The model was conceived and developed by the E-Mobility Series Group and Technical Development in Wolfsburg. The battery system at the heart of the ID.3 is being produced in Brunswick. The plant is currently being expanded to make up to half a million battery systems per year in the future. The MEB drive system, an entirely new development, comes from Kassel, with Salzgitter supplying the rotor and stator. The Volkswagen brand alone is investing about €9 billion in e-mobility up to the end of 2023 – most of it in the German facilities.