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Electric cars lead to carmaker job cuts: new flashpoint?

John Voelcker Dec 23, 2016 Follow John Add to circle Volkswagen plant Enlarge Photo It takes people to make cars: to lift and install parts, check quality, test-drive them after assembly, and so forth. Automation has eliminated many of the jobs performed by humans a century ago on the Ford Model T line, and made the rest much less physically punishing for line workers. But electric cars pose a new threat: they will require even fewer workers to build. DON'T MISS: Electric cars will require 10,000-plus job cuts at VW, says HR chief And that has auto-worker unions and automaker executives more than a little worried. Here's the math: a battery-electric car has fewer than 200 moving parts, while a vehicle with a modern, turbocharged, multi-valve engine and nine-speed transmission (and perhaps all-wheel drive) has 10 to 30 times that number. A diagram in the German publication ...

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