German carmaker Volkswagen will adjust its three factories in Germany to produce electric cars, which will increase the production of cars with "zero emissions" before they will have more stringent European standards.
The company, headquartered in Wolfsburg, announced that it will start production of electric cars in its plants in Emden and Hanover in 2022, and earlier it was dedicated to the plants in Cvikau.
In 1904, the company "Horh" was founded in Cvika, of which the company "Audi" was founded in 1909, and in 1932 "Auto Union" was designed by Ferdinand Porsche and Robert Eberan von Eberhorst.
After the Second World War, Cvikau, as well as the whole eastern part of Germany, came to the Soviet block, and a small car with a two-cylinder two-stroke Trabant engine, the world's first with a plastic body – the symbol of the German Democratic Republic – was produced.
After the reunification of Germany, the factory was bought by Volkswagen, which manufactures engines and gearboxes.
Volkswagen Group CEO Gunar Kilian said workers in the production of electric cars will get a guarantee for work by 2028, but the company will work to reduce the number of jobs "in a socially responsible way, because electric vehicles need fewer production steps.
Analysts say car manufacturers will need additional models of electric cars to meet the new EU rules on reducing air pollution by 2021.
Volkswagen and other car manufacturers have been relying on diesel models for years to consume less fuel and innovation than petrol engines, but diesel is more polluting.
However, the sales of diesel vehicles in Europe are declining, as Volkswagen was caught by fraudulent software on exhaust gas tests and paid more than 28 billion euros in fines and damages.
Later testing of diesel technology showed that cars of other car manufacturers polluted more than they showed on the tests. On September 1, the EU introduced new testing procedures for measuring exhaust gases under normal driving conditions.
As sales of diesel cars are diminishing, manufacturers turn electric cars to meet new borders, although users slowly choose these new cars due to significantly higher prices and the lack of adequate charging points.
Electric cars, with batteries, last year with only 0.6% participated in the total number of cars sold in the EU.