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Volkswagen plans to train 22,000 more employees to manufacture e-vehicles by 2025

VW plans for more eMotion training. (Source: Volkswagen)
VW plans for more eMotion training. (Source: Volkswagen)
Volkswagen has hinted at the possibility of a new class of electric vehicle to be at least part-assembled alongside the existing ID.3 at the marque's major Wolfsburg plant in Europe. 22,000 of the facility's production crew will receive the training necessary to do in the course of a one-day session that incorporates in-house, escape room-based techniques.

Wolfsburg - the largest of Volkswagen's manufacturing plant in Germany - will now officially join Emden and Zwickau in the production of vehicles from the ID. series in the near future. The difference, however, is that the larger facility will also still be making ICE vehicles such as the Golf it produces now "for many years to come".

Nevertheless, 22,000 of the factory's employees will still have to learn how to make EVs, which is where the "eMotionRoom" comes in. It is a new kind of installation that has, according to Volkswagen, proven "popular" among those who have received similar re-training at Zwickau, possibly because it is done in small groups of 4 and mimics an escape room format.

The "innovative" learning experience, by which participants must collaborate and solve puzzles to proceed, is part of a course that can be completed in a single day (or "eMotionDay") and is touted to "inspire" production team members to build new, electric vehicles.

This work will be done on one of Wolfsburg's latest lines, which will start to see the ID.3 made alongside other vehicles such as the "new Tiguan". On that note, Volkswagen has also casually mentioned a "further model based on the MEB" - an SUV - the manufacture of which is also destined for the major plant.

Volkswagen intends to sink at least €460 million (~US$490 million) into its partial renovation by 2025, an investment slated to conserve jobs at Wolfsburg while conferring a competitive edge on the plant "in terms of capacity utilization over the next 10 years".

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-02-21 (Update: 2023-04-12)