Author Topic: Electric vehicles pose 'real risk' for autoworkers, with fewer parts — and jobs  (Read 481 times)

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"The shift to electric vehicles is "a potential revolution,” said one automotive analyst, noting that it will impact everything from gas stations to car dealerships to city budgets."

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/autos/electric-vehicles-pose-real-risk-autoworkers-halving-number-people-required-n1060426

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I've seen articles making the same argument for auto repair shops and mechanics, though obviously there will be a lag time there.

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The connected car of the future could kill off the local auto repair shop
“There is almost no independent repair shop that would think of putting its hands on Tesla, except for maybe to change the brake pads,” explains one industry expert.
https://qz.com/1054261/the-connected-car-of-the-future-could-kill-off-the-local-auto-repair-shop/

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Some worry that eventually, services like GM’s Onstar could share data they receive from connected cars with local GM dealers, who offer repairs and maintenance service, but they won’t necessarily share this type of information with Dykstra or the other 180,000 independent auto repair businesses in the United States, which could leave them at a disadvantage. Or worse, manufacturers will move data that shops need to fix cars, some of which is currently accessible by the OBD port, to these new connected systems, where it will be less accessible to independent businesses.

That would impact not only repair service businesses like Dykstra’s, but also the companies that sell these shops parts and tools, which together with repair shops that aren’t associated with a dealership are called the “aftermarket.”

If this sector, which sells around 70% of all auto care parts and services in the United States, mostly for vehicles that are no longer covered by warranty, doesn’t have adequate access to information streaming from cars, Dykstra says, “a whole $300 billion-plus industry—we’d be up a creek.”
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> no independent repair shop that would think of putting its hands on Tesla

Tesla's tech and semi-exotic materials are also the reason insurance for them is way high.

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> no independent repair shop that would think of putting its hands on Tesla

Tesla is stonewalling independent repair shops too.  There are people who want to work on them but Tesla won't sell them any OEM parts.  They are having to scavenge them from wrecked cars.

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>stonewalling

A method to their madness, methinks.

Tesla launches car insurance offering in California
https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/28/20837265/tesla-car-insurance-california-autopilot-discount


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>lost tax

Some of our states, mine included, are instituting annual road use taxes on EVs & hybrids.  The fees are nominal, and I doubt they'll equal fuel taxes at the pump. ...And this doesn't address how the feds are going to collect their dues.

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The GM strike is really about the switch to electric cars

"Auto-assembly workers are in a difficult position — fewer of them will be needed"

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-gm-strike-is-really-about-the-switch-to-electric-cars-2019-10-05

Transitions are tough. Legacies are heavy.

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>>Legacies are heavy.

I don't know if this is still true, but the old quip was that GM was a healthcare company that, by the way, made a few cars.