October 31, 2016

...AND CHEAPER...:

The rise of electric cars could kill thousands of auto manufacturing jobs (Wolf Richter, 10/31/16, Business Insider)

Volkswagen's big kahuna of HR, Karlheinz Blessing - Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Human Resources and Organization - dropped another brake shoe on global employment in auto manufacturing, which has been under pressure for decades from automation. This time, it's electric vehicles.

Every global manufacturer is working on a lineup of passenger and commercial EVs. Numerous EV brands are already on the road, from tiny cars to delivery vehicles. UPS, FedEx, USPS, and other delivery services are already looking at EVs or are testing them.

The German postal service has formed its own startup to build EVs in Deutsche-Post-yellow for its delivery runs. These "Streetscooters" have been in production for a while. By the end of this year, 2,000 are expected to deliver mail in Germany. By the end of next year, 10,000. 

EVs are much easier and cheaper to build than vehicles with internal combustion engines. Instead of engines, engine control systems, emission control systems, cooling systems, air-intake systems, starters, transmissions with clutches or torque-converters, or transaxles, fuel systems, exhaust systems with catalytic converters, the computers, sensors, and regulators to tie it all together, and the like, EVs have electric motors, a battery, and some wiring and controllers to make it all work.

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