Berlin: Germany’s BMW plans to create up to 6,000 new jobs next year to prepare for the growing demand for its electric vehicles, the automaker’s general manager told the daily ‘Muenchner Merkur’.
BMW is on the right track in the transformation and has prepared its factories for electric mobility, Oliver Zipse said in an interview released Wednesday. “This is why we will be increasing our workforce by up to five percent next year. “
To date, BMW has sold more than one million electric vehicles (EVs) – including pure electric and hybrid vehicles – and plans to reach two million pure electric vehicle sales by 2025.
Given the ongoing investments by semiconductor manufacturers, the semiconductor shortage is expected to be over within a year, the CEO said. “I think by the end of next year we will see a largely normal situation.” Zipse said the demand for electric vehicles is very high. “Our i4 has been sold out for months, as has the iX.” The i4 is an electric compact executive car and the iX is a mid-size electric luxury crossover SUV. Next year, BMW plans to introduce an electric version of its 7 series luxury sedans. “It won’t be any different there,” Zipse said.
The automaker aims for at least 50% of global sales to be fully electric by 2030, but has warned that the lack of charging infrastructure is a major obstacle to faster adoption of electric vehicles by consumers.