Ford’s plans to switch to electric cars will cost many employees in Germany their jobs. The car manufacturer has made this public. Several thousand jobs are to be lost in Cologne and Aachen. They were simply no longer needed.
E-cars cost jobs: Ford is cutting thousands of jobs in Cologne and Aachen
2,300 jobs into the German ford– Locations in Cologne and Aachen painted. The carmaker has now officially announced the layoffs. They are scheduled to take place over the next three years. The Cologne development department accounted for most of it, and administrative positions were also eliminated. At the research center in Aachen, 200 jobs are to be cut, according to the car manufacturer (source: T-Online).
Ford cites the reasons for the upcoming layoffs necessary cost savings. Other European locations are also affected, with a total of 3,800 employees to go. The step was already expected. The Ford boss recently calculated that 40 percent fewer jobs would be needed to build electric cars than for otherwise comparable models with internal combustion engines.
Now Martin Sander, head of Germany at Ford, makes it clear that that’s exactly what it’s about (translated): “There is to do significantly less work on the powertrain, while internal combustion engines are being replaced. We’re moving towards a world with fewer global platforms, with less technical work to do. Therefore we must make adjustments” (Source: Automotive News).
Out for Saarloius: Ford’s all-round blow hits many more employees
After all: Previously, at worst, 3,200 jobs had been expected to collapse in Cologne alone. At the same time, however, the number of employees who work for Ford with the planned sale of the Saarlouis plant need to leave, not in the new numbers. There alone, 4,600 jobs are to be cut by 2025.
For e-car customers there are changes that apply this year:
Nothing is to change in the US brand’s electric car plan: from 2030, there will be no more combustion engines from Ford for the European market. This should also be this year first pure electric car especially for Europe roll off the assembly line – right there in Cologne, where many employees are now facing an uncertain future at Ford. The US carmaker has also announced the end of the popular Fiesta.