German carmaker BMW plans to create up to 6,000 new jobs next year as it prepares to boost demand for its electric vehicles, the company’s chief executive told Muenchner Merkur newspaper.
Olivier Zipse in the interview given to the daily newspaper stated that BMW is on a very good path, as it continues its transformation and has already prepared its production units for the era of electrification. “That is why we will strengthen our workforce by up to 5% next year,” he added.
BMW has sold more than 1 million electric vehicles so far – including pure electric and hybrid vehicles – and plans to reach 2 million sales of pure electric vehicles by 2025.
The CEO of the automotive industry also estimated that the shortages of semiconductors are expected to be overcome within the next year, as chip companies continue to invest. “I estimate that by the end of next year they will have largely returned to a normal state,” he said.
Zipse added that demand for electric vehicles is very high, adding that sales for the i4 and iX models have closed for the coming months.
The German carmaker aims to have at least 50% of its global sales of all-electric vehicles by 2030, but has warned that a lack of charging infrastructure is a major obstacle to consumers turning to electric cars faster.
Source From: Capital