Indiana vehicle makers suspicious of future as the number of electric vehicles surge

Kokomo, Ind. (AP)-It is evident that the vehicle manufacturing industry is in a hurry to manufacture more electric vehicles and hybrid cars. However, how will the drastic evolution of electric cars affect other 900,000 workers in the manufacturing industry?

That is a question disturbing local workers who work at the Stellantis factories in Kokomo and Tipton. The question has been imminent for a long time. It took a sharp focus at the start of this year when General Motors confidently announced its manufacturing strategy on battery-powered batters by 2035. Ford was the next to promote its whole passenger cars lineup to electric vehicles before the decade. ‘

Matt Jarvis, the leader of United Auto Workers Local 685, a representative of Kokomo and Tipton factories, stated that the factories have around 7100 local employees, the implication of the abrupt evolution to EVs. Matt Jarvis said that the workers are worried about the speed at which General Motors and Ford are transitioning to electric vehicles. Their main worry is what would happen to the employees after the evolution.

One thing that worries these workers is that more environmentally focused factories require fewer employees because electric vehicles have 30 to 40percent minor moving parts than gas-powered cars. Additionally, many jobs might shift to fewer wages because vehicle manufacturers purchase EV parts from other supply firms or even from a different business company.

About 100,000 US-based employees are among the most vulnerable people as they work at factories that manufacture transmissions and engines for traditional vehicles. No one has a clear view of the local workers’ future after the emergence of the electric vehicle revolution. Large numbers of firms have strategies in place to manufacture EVs future fully.

Firms like General Motors and Ford are already manufacturing electric vehicles. However, other companies like Stellantis are still at the crossways. It is still figuring out the strategies to push it forward in the electric vehicle world. Jarvis said that no one is certain how the transition will affect local employees since no announcements are released concerning the shift to EVs. The situation appears to be a ‘wait-and-see for us right now.’

As the vehicle manufacturers are still making guesses about the shift to selling EVs in the coming years, researchers state that they do not anticipate internal combustion engines escaping the coming future. Many still believe 90 percent of cars would still be fitted with an internal combustion engine by the coming decade. Many hybrids still require those engines and transmissions similar to those manufactured in Kokomo.