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Daimler works council chairman warns against focusing purely on e-cars

Michael Brecht thinks you shouldn’t put everything on one card. Photo: picture alliance / dpa / Bernd Weissbrod

Michael Brecht, the head of the Daimler works council, criticizes his employer for his strong focus on e-mobility. The Stuttgart-based carmaker announced its new course at an investor conference on Tuesday.

Stuttgart – The head of the general works council of the car manufacturer Daimler, Michael Brecht, warns his employer against a pure focus on electric mobility. You shouldn’t put everything on this card, said Brecht of the “Automobilwoche”. “Electromobility is important, yes. But it has also created a hype that is fueled politically and socially. ”Conventional internal combustion engines shouldn’t always be demonized. “The overall climate balance is important, not the type of drive. Anyone planning without a combustion engine slaps all those colleagues in the face who have been doing an excellent job in these areas for decades and are further improving this technology. “

Electric motors are not a panacea for the future; here too, many fundamental questions arise – for example, whether the batteries are available in sufficient numbers, where the raw materials come from, how the charging infrastructure is progressing.

50 percent of sales by 2030

According to a concept presented on Tuesday, the Daimler Board of Management wants to convert the ailing group into the world’s leading electric car manufacturer. In this context, electrified vehicles are to account for more than 50 percent of sales by 2030, while the number of combustion models is to be reduced by 70 percent over the same period.

At the same time, the company wants to save – also in view of the deep red figures in the second quarter – not least on personnel. Most recently the shedding of 10,000 to 15,000 of the approximately 300,000 jobs worldwide was rumored. Individual media even reported up to 30,000 jobs. Daimler does not comment on the figures. Brecht said, in fact, personnel costs made up less than 15 percent of total costs. “The company has to think of more than just knocking out the personnel costs every time.”

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