Mercedes-Benz's Berlin factory head to join Tesla's Gigafactory
The head of the Berlin engine plant run by Mercedes-Benz has defected to rival Tesla, German union IG Metall said on Wednesday, calling on employees to protest over his departure. Tesla declined to comment on whether it had found a new manager for a Gigafactory being built on the outskirts of Berlin. Last month, a source told Reuters that Evan Horetsky, a Tesla manager who oversaw the construction of the electric carmaker's Gruenheide plant, had left his position.
Daimler said on Wednesday that Rene Reif, the 57-year-old manager of its Mercedes-Benz Berlin plant, which makes powertrains, would go into early retirement at the end of the year, at his own request. German unions have lamented the fact that traditional carmakers are throttling back investment into combustion engine technologies as regulators are clamp down on emissions and as demand for vehicles is hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.