It seems that the future of transportation has a solid place for electric vehicles, and this trend cannot be reversed. For the true success of this initiative and full adoption, it is critical to include American workforce in the auto industry be part of the strategic plan. There is a tremendous potential in having most of the components and assembly built in the US, and recent supply chain issues only emphasized the benefit. However, federal agencies need to include manufacturing representatives in discussions regarding electric vehicles and relevant technologies, in order to utilize that potential.
- In a live virtual event, speakers emphasized that a green future for the US benefits manufacturing workers.
- A United Steelworkers Union representative said workers need to be protected and included in the process.
- There have been efforts to insert Buy American language into state-level green energy legislation.
“American manufacturing workers stand to gain tremendously in the switch to electric vehicles — if the right policies are in place, Dingell said.”