BMW to hire 2,600 new employees by End of 2011 for Electric and Hybrid Systems

News | December 13th, 2010 by 7
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BMW is ramping up hiring for its future electric vehicles. According to a report by Bloomberg, BMW plans to add 1,300 employees this year and …

BMW is ramping up hiring for its future electric vehicles. According to a report by Bloomberg, BMW plans to add 1,300 employees this year and at least 1,300 in 2011. The increased hiring is expected as the company expands its lineup to meet environmental regulators’ demand for cleaner-running cars.

According to Michael Rebstock, a spokesman at Munich- based BMW, “the maker of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce models aims to add expertise in electric vehicles, hybrid powertrains and cleaner combustion engines to develop models with lower carbon-dioxide emissions”.

During the 2009 recession, BMW scaled back the workforce through buyouts and early retirement programs to 96,230 employees at the end of 2009 from 107,539 in 2007 after Chief Executive Officer Norbert Reithofer initiated a cost-cutting drive to boost profitability. To manage the volume of the electric vehicles coming out of the Leipzig plant in Germany, the company is rebuilding its workforce.

bmw plant dingolfing1 655x482Rebstock mentioned BMW taking on about 1,000 new workers on average in 2008 and 2009 and in addition to research and development employees, BMW is recruiting purchasing and sales specialists.

BMW’s future sales goals mention an increase to 2 million vehicles produced by 2020, up from 1.29 million in 2009.

7 responses to “BMW to hire 2,600 new employees by End of 2011 for Electric and Hybrid Systems”

  1. X5SoB says:

    So, after trimming over 11,000 jobs, BMW is hiring 2600? Hardly seems like news, BMW will have to hire far more than that, considering the Graying of it’s workforce, with all the pending retirements.

  2. BIMMER1 says:

    Great, go waste more money and resources on the green revolution. Way to go! You’ve successfully lost your core values and brand identity, while isolting your loyal client base. Maybe you should change your name to Nexus, which stands for “The new Lexus”. Now step it up, grow a set, and go back to building cars the way you did for 40 years. The way BMW wants to build them, not the way everyone else builds them.

  3. empower says:

    if bmw did not invest money in green tech then they would face huge fines from the us and europe. the mega city car is un like another car that has been made so far so dont now what you on about bimmer1. get your facts right. BMW are the trend setters other car makes look to bmw for direction so you would take a 2002 turbo over a 1m. talk about backwards thinking lol

  4. wazon8 says:

    Why are people so inclined to think that hybrids are all about eco? Few things are pretty clear: oil sources are not ethernal, gas prices will rather increase than decrease, prices of oil are dependable on international situation which could change, eco-guided goverments in US and Europe will make emission taxes higher and higher, so motoriztion industry needs to be ready to face these problems (that are weakly connected with ecology). Or to put it more accurately, customers of those car makers, who didn’t decide to invest in reducing emission and consumption technologies, would have to pay more and more for their cars. Need not be say that not enough of them will decide to do it and – consequently – all brand would go down. One way of facing these problems is to develope hybrid technology, which allows to reduce feul consumption and keep performance. Seeing from this point, whole project is not as stupid as some of you suggest, If it was all about feul consumption, it would be better to go for diesel alone or diesel hybrid, but once such things as sportiveness (incluiding track performance) are considered, diesel hybrids are not the best choice due to typical diesel features. Pethrol hybrid are much more apt at this point. To be honest, I won’t be surprised, if most of pethrol engines will cooperate with electric motors in 10 years.

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