Electric Vehicles May Result In 75,000 Jobs Being Lost In Germany Alone

A study from German trade unions and the auto industry claims that the switch to electric vehicles is putting 75,000 engine and gearbox manufacturing jobs in jeopardy throughout Germany.

According to the Fraunhofer Institute of Industrial Engineering, which was responsible for the study, 840,000 jobs in the country are in the automotive industry, 210,000 of which are related to powertrain production, Autoblog reports.

Companies including Daimler, Volkswagen, BMW, Bosch, ZF, and Schaeffler all provided data for the study, which asserts that it takes 30 percent less time to construct EVs compared to ICE vehicles.

Labor representative for Volkswagen, Bernd Osterloh, says this is because electric powertrains have just one sixth the components of vehicles with internal combustion engines.

If 25 per cent of all cars in Germany are electric by 2030, 15 per cent are hybrid, and 60 per cent petrol and diesels, 75,000 jobs are at risk, the study asserts. If EVs become more popular, more than 100,000 jobs will be jeopardized.

Osterloh also says that the problem is compounded by the fact that a battery factory needs just a fifth of the workforce of a traditional engine plant.

“By 2030 every second job in passenger car powertrain will be impacted directly or indirectly by electromobility,” German trade union IG Metall commented. “Politicians and industry now need to develop strategies to manage this transformation.”

The study also says that the country should be wary of giving technology away to rivals from China, Korea, and Japan. In particular, automakers who are leading the electrification push should be selling their tech to foreign companies instead of awarding contracts to them.

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  • Six_Tymes

    how about all the many less auto parts, that’s going to have a long term affect on many divisions in all countries, such as after market parts stores, automotive, etc. negatively affected for sure eventually

    • IS THAT A BAD THING THAT YOUR CAR WILL NEED LESS REPAIR PARTS?

      • Alfa Giulia QV

        It is if you don’t have an EV and there are less qualified people to repair or manufacturer replacement parts for older cars.

  • blunt-o

    And less crooked mechanics to deal with, hopefully. And less oil dependence on Russians and Saudis.

  • Great news! Germany and other European countries are in massive need of workforce in other fields. Anyway, who on earth likes to take their car to the service or wait for another malfunction of one of the billion moving parts that can go wrong?

  • Jay

    Good. Sorry innovation shouldn’t cease just cuz we cant adapt. If those manufacturers actually cared they’d enable their workforce to better skills which would only help them- but thats not going to help their quarterly earnings, IPOs n golden parachutes. I started out as a traditional artist, you think I have the peiveledge to complain about how I can’t use pencil n paper anymore? You have to evolve. We should be holding corporate leaders more accountable for not educating n training their workforce.

    • Matt

      I think you kind of missed the point. To Use graphic design as an example, it’s like saying there will be a 70% decrease in the demand for graphic designers.

      How to do you ‘train’ graphic designers for that exactly?

      • Silimarina

        Move to other jobs. With this mindset, we would still work lands with our hands and a horse.The majority of peoples pre industrial age worked the land. Jobs are lost and created every day

        • Matt

          Well obviously.. but if your dream career is building engines and you spent years training and studying, then that job no longer exists, then you have to feel for some these engineers who won’t get work in a related field.

          Jobs are lost and created every day, usually not tens of thousands all at once though.

          • I IMAGINE A DREAM JOB OF BUILDING ENGINES IS A BIT DIFFERENT THAT A DRUDGE JOB AT A FACTORY. ENGINES AREN’T GONNA JUST DISAPPEAR THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD ENGINES AS ART AT FERRARI, BUGATTI ETC.

          • Matt

            Ferrari doesn’t have 75,000 job openings though.

          • JOBS EVOLVE AS THE WORLD CHANGES. THOSE WHO HAVE A DREAM JOB OF WORKING WITH ENGINES WILL STILL HAVE PLACES TO WORK.

        • MarketAndChurch

          Technology is going to displace a lot of workers. Automation in the next two decades will eventually see even those who are building those green electric cars out of work. People think those 75,000 is a problem, but wait until robots are assembling every part of the car… how are you going to reeducate all of those people for other work that will probably also be automated too.

          • Jay

            Someone is building, coding n maintains those robots. Someone is articulating their process. It should be the people who were once doing it themselves. You can’t have tobots managing robots, there’s always a a back up to an automated program. As the amount of people needed to back decrease the automation increases

      • Jay

        I missed nothing. You shift paradigms and enable them to other roles that ARE needed even if it’s only somewhat related. And to that point there IS less need for graphic designers. You train them in other fields of design, as I used user interface as an example. For factory workers you train them to do more management n maintenance testing etc or learn something different all together even if it doesn’t survive them at their original company, give them a fighting chance. Teach them too build with code for example, QA, user test, etc.

  • Spyder Hole Fantome

    Sound like das Germans need to import even more people to handle all of their extra labor needs.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Germany, what a sh**hole…

  • Moveon Libtards

    While Elon makes billions of the backs of U.S. taxpayers…

  • Moveon Libtards

    Great, so everyone will have no job but a lot of time to smoke crack. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/416441d1fa77404c6a86d2e5a8086f7a4c315d844288c4dbbeea8916f37a27c7.jpg

  • Slyphantom

    Not to worry the jobs won’t completely dissapear besides the free market will… no sorry it’s the governments job to take care of everybody… why am I not surprised the union guy said this, people are to stupid to take care of themselves.

  • Matthew Boyd

    This is honestly sad to hear. I assume most of them are passionate about their work too…On a lighter note, this creates new job openings gear towards electrification.

  • Silimarina

    That price was bs.The majority of that price was in labor.

    • YOUR ARGUING WITH SOMEONE WHO MAKES UP A NEW SCREEN NAME FOR EVERY ARTICLE.

    • Alfa Giulia QV

      And therein lies the problem. When it requires that much labor just to replace a part, you know something’s up. Tesla should have kept it simple so that could have been avoided.

      • S3XY

        You always seem to know more than anyone at Tesla

  • LESS PARTS AND QUICKER TO BUILD, LOOKS LIKE THIS STUDY HAS GIVEN PROOF THAT ELECTRICS ARE MORE EFFICIENT.

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    No surprise there. Let’s parts suppliers and manufacturers means less people to hire. And with robot and computer technology increasing in both efficiency and sophistication, more people will get replaced when a machine can do it better.

  • S3XY

    The Fall of the Fourth Reich.

  • S3XY

    Tesla doesn’t even want you to have to bring your car in for service. No one ever has.

  • SteersUright

    I wonder how many more people would be employed building horse-drawn carriages?

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