Electric car market experts claim that the drop in demand in Europe has been partially influenced by the latest pricing policy implemented by the American company Tesla.
According to German media reports, workers at the Volkswagen plant in Emden, who assemble the ID.4 electric model, and are soon to assemble the recently introduced ID.7 electric limousine, will go on an unscheduled long vacation this summer due to the obvious reduction in demand.
The factory management decided that the factories where the ID.4 is produced will stop work for six weeks. In addition, there will be only one shift per two weeks, and 300 of the 1,500 temporary workers in August will not have their contracts extended, as production of the ID.7, which was supposed to start in July, has been delayed by several months. At the same time, the production of Volkswagen models with internal combustion engines remains unchanged.
Despite the current situation, the German auto giant announced last year that it would invest 1.1 billion euros in adapting the plant in Emden, which should only produce electric cars for the foreseeable future.
Volkswagen currently produces electric models at four plants in Germany (Emden, Hanover, Dresden and Zwickau), two plants in China and two plants in the United States of America.