Some say that the current automotive industry is dying, and on its way out. Self driving cars and other crazy, more futuristic modes of travel will take over and squash the industry as we know it. Others say it’s making a comeback, resurgence, against the constant push towards more sustainable vehicles. Some countries that have thrived on the fuel mining industries are pushing the hardest against electric vehicles, or other sustainable options, because it means their industry and income will be slashed dramatically.
While there are definitely valid arguments on both sides, the fact of the matter is that electric vehicles have already hit the market, and are slowly starting to pick up steam (no pun intended). This means that the automotive industry is going to have to change, regardless of whether it’s a good or bad thing. To help you understand how the industry might have to bend to the relentless will of progress, and how the world might be affected, we’ve listed a few ways the industry will change with electric vehicles.
As with anything new in any industry, education is one of the first things that needs to change. Electric vehicles run off of battery power, meaning that the typical fuel sources are no longer needed. Building, replacing, and maintenance these battery packs will start to become a focus for educating new mechanics in Christchurch and all over the world. Typical engine maintenance and repair skills will eventually be outdated as we move into a more electric world.
Along the same lines, car parts and supplies will need to upgrade as well to service the electric vehicles. Some mechanics may start outsourcing their electric vehicle repair and maintenance to auto electricians in Christchurch, for example, to keep up, or buying Christchurch car parts for their new electric vehicles because they are the only supplier within shipping distance. Things like Tauranga car batteries might be repurposed or recycled into new and improved car parts.
The main point of this is that those mechanics who have decades of knowledge and experience will need to learn new tricks with electric vehicles. The manuals will change, the school curriculum will update, and that wealth of years of experience will have to start all over again. Those who can’t learn the in and out’s of electric vehicles will fall further behind as they become more common.
The automotive engineering fields have already been expanding like crazy, and will continue to do so. Universities have expanded their offerings of engineering degrees to include beyond the typical mechanical or automotive engineering. Now, battery power and sustainable energy sources are added as fields of study. Sustainable engineers especially will start to be in high demand as our planet continues to deteriorate because of climate change and pollution.
Car production may go down
Electric vehicles are actually easier to manufacture, since you don’t have the whole, internal combustion system, to worry about. Or rather than easier, there are simply less parts and less manual labour. This obviously means that they’ll need less hands building them than regular cars. As popularity for electric cars increases, demand for fuel based cars will go down, resulting in loss of jobs as the new style of cars doesn’t need the same labour.
Since the electric system is easier to build than typical engines, many countries that might not usually have mass production sites for vehicles can now join in as well. This will require a lot of help and initial financial assistance from the country’s government, which we’ll go into below.
One of the biggest problems with electric vehicles has been buy in. The start up costs for electric vehicles is the main reason why companies fail when trying to build them. Changing manufacturing often means having to buy new factories, which requires a huge loan that might not actually be granted. Especially in the beginning of the electric car movement, large, risky loans like this wouldn’t be favoured by banks who had no idea what the future of electric cars looked like. Hopefully, as the future continues to push for electric, it will be simpler for loans to cover the start up costs.
Government backing of electric vehicles is already increasing as we keep seeing the effects of regular fuel sources on the environment. For example, the UK wants to ban gas and diesel cars by 2040 to better the air quality and help reduce climate change. Other European countries have already pledged this as well, and it’s only a matter of time before most of the world joins in.
Business globally may team up to help each other to create these expensive investments. As mentioned above, the equity involved in starting up in manufacturing electric cars is huge, so companies may look to band together to combine assets. Even large, well-known companies, like Ford, are partnering up with smaller companies around the world
By far, the biggest change ahead for the future of the automotive industry, is the lessened negative effect on the environment. Electric vehicles produce less emissions that are usually emitted from fuel using cars. Traditional gas powered cars emit greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions by evaporation of fuel and pushing it out through the tailpipe into the air. There’s a reason why when you walk along a busy street, it’s hard to breathe. The effect on climate change has been a huge problem worldwide, and it’s definitely time for things to change.
Despite the negative side of potential loss of jobs from electric vehicles, one must also understand that the pros seriously outweigh the cons. Even those who are working in the automotive industry would have the opportunity to advance their knowledge and work with the future of vehicles, all the while helping to reduce pollution.