Positive Future #168 (Feature photo – Powertrain of a Tesla Model S – CCA SA 3.0 Unported)
While thousands of people around the world are getting jobs building battery-driven powertrains for cars, there are many thousands that build powertrains for cars based upon the internal combustion engine.
An interesting article in Clean Technica lays out the issues as electric powertrains begin to replace internal combustion powertrains.
In the article, it is estimated that 75,000 gas power-train workers in Germany are at risk. One wonders what the risk is to power-train workers around the globe.
While employment due to new technologies often compromises employment in older technologies there rarely seems to be a net gain. At some point, some thought must be directed at an economy that is also human friendly – not just tech friendly.
It is a big transition since estimates are that only 1/6 as many components are found in electric-car power trains. You can read the full story here: