New Kind Of Demand: Labor Union Insists Audi Produces An EV At Its Main German Factory

6 months ago by Eric Loveday 15

Audi Q8 Concept

Labor leaders at Audi are demanding that management assign at least one upcoming pure electric vehicle to the production line at the automakers main factory in Ingolstadt, Germany.

Audi Q8 Concept

It seems as though the labor leaders at that site are concerned that if electric vehicles truly catch on, the Ingolstadt factory will fall behind if it’s not producing at least one BEV Audi, and the inclusion of an EV ensures the future relevancy of the plant itself

Reuters states:

“Audi will next year start building its first mass-produced electric model, the e-tron quattro sport-utility vehicle, at a plant in Brussels, together with batteries that will also be used in other VW group electric vehicles (EVs).”

“Chief Executive Rupert Stadler has previously said Audi’s smaller German plant in Neckarsulm where 16,000 workers assemble the higher-end A6, A7 and A8 models, will start making battery-only vehicles from about 2020.”

Quoting Peter Mosch, Audi top labor representative:

“Our core factory must be prepared further for the future.”

Deputy works council chief Max Waecker added:

“None of our colleagues must fall off the conveyer belt as we move into the future.”

The labor leaders are calling upon Audi to lay out a detail planned for its shift towards electric vehicles. Audi has yet to provide this information to the labor reps.

Source: Reuters

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15 responses to "New Kind Of Demand: Labor Union Insists Audi Produces An EV At Its Main German Factory"

  1. midimal says:


    1. terminaltrip421 says:

      you make quite the contribution.

      1. SJC says:

        The selfish make no contributions.

  2. needa says:

    2020 is going to be a great year. 2021 will be even better.

    Looking at that schematic up there, I have to wonder how well it cools. Lower packs will heat up the coolant lines for the upper packs. I know people much smarter than me designed it, but I still have to think that there are better ways.

  3. Brian says:

    I wonder why Tesla doesn’t want to have union leaders around…

    1. Big Solar says:

      really? maybe its because they are part of the problem in many cases.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Brian was being sarcastic.

      2. SJC says:

        You know what they say about people who can not detect sarcasm.

    2. CLIVE says:

      That wonderful Auto Workers Union is the reason Elon was able to buy the Fremont factory in the first place, because they killed it, put it right out of business.

      Unions are so yesterday !

      1. Nick says:

        If you’re interested in knowing more about worker relations in the Fremont plant, I’d encourage you to check out the This American Life episode about the same:

        The interesting thing is that the Union and management had a terrible relationship until they closed the plant and reopened it in partnership with Toyota. They were the most effective GM plant after they switched to the Toyota production way. Toyota is apparently better at having healthy worker relationships than GM.

        Who knew? 😀

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          “Who knew? ? ”

          Umm… everyone? 🙂

          Seriously, I admire the Japanese management style and how their executives maintain lines of direct communication with their bottom-rung workers. Not to mention how top Japanese exec’s are not obscenely overpaid, as all too many American top execs are.

      2. SJC says:

        Your attempt at revisionist history failed.

  4. Eric says:

    This is not the union at all, it’s the Workers Council (‘Betriebsrat’). Unions usually only deal with the workers interests, whereas the Workers Council must cater mainly for the organisation’s interest as a whole. It’s a much more strategic role, aimed at what’s good for the organisation, which in general is also good for the workers.

    Many European countries have legislation that says that (parts of) organisations with a certain size must have an advisory council with members elected by the workers. In some countries, workers councils even need to approve certain executive decisions before they can be implemented. If management ignores this right, they can explain to a judge, who generally doesn’t look kindly upon such actions.

    Source: I’m a Workers Council chairman – and not a union member.

  5. pjwood1 says:

    “Audi’s..smaller..plant…16,000 workers”

    Tesla had 17,782 total, as of 12/31/16 (10-k).

  6. Rich says:

    Last year, there was an article regarding VW expecting to reduce staff by 25K employees over the next decade and VW was negotiating with the Unions on how to do so. In that article, it also referenced a quote from MB.

    “In September, Michael Brecht—works council chief for Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler—noted that internal-combustion engines require roughly 10 times the amount of workers to manufacture as do electric motors.”

    I’m sure Audi workers are aware of the VW staff reduction efforts and don’t want to be put in a position where their entire plant becomes irrelevant.