When it was revealed this weekend, the latest Ford Mustang made headlines. An all-electric Ev, under its windshield, the car has enough space for a cooler and can drive in well under four seconds from zero to 60.
But one of the major changes it would introduce could have everything to do with the car workers it ultimately displaces, as assembling electric cars requires only a portion of the labourers required for conventional cars. And as more car manufacturers are pivoting towards electric vehicles, the news that the legendary Ford brand is moving to a fuel-powered engine for a battery-run system underlined how far the U.S. electric car revolution has gone.
Electric cars are a significant step towards increasing the dependence on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions that experts say the world is going to suffer.
Of the estimated 12.8 million manufacturing jobs, almost 1 million workers are employed in automotive manufacturing, mainly of automobiles with internal combustion engines. But experts note that hybrid cars require considerably less labour, expressing concern on how a crucial part of the U.S. economy could be slimmed down by the due shift
For self-employed people, electric vehicles raise an entire multitude of queries. The simplicity of the vehicles means that they require considerably less personnel to manufacture and assemble: for example, the Chevy Bolt had 80% fewer components than equivalent fuel engines, UBS experts find. Their processing is easier and simpler. And now often the parts they use are made overseas.
Approximately 95 per cent of North America’s cars still use diesel engines, but that number is going to drop sharply over the coming decades. By 2030, those cars may cover just over 50% of the sector, with hybrids entering the electric battery and fuel cell-powered vehicles to fill in the rest, as per a Center for Automotive Research forecast in a forthcoming report. By 2040, it is estimated by the centre that the number of cars powered by internal combustion engines will drop to 30%.
“It might be that the vehicles become so customizable and the construction process is now so straightforward that you picture them as Legos— you place them together. You might need far less ability to bring together those vehicles, “said Karl Brauer, an automotive industry expert who is Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book’s executive editor.