As German companies such as BMW and Volkswagen, which also controls Audi and Porsche, make big moves toward producing all electric vehicles, government officials are waking up to the fact that it could hollow out the domestic workforce. Electric vehicles are expensive because of their batteries, but their engines are much simpler than internal combustion engines, requiring fewer parts and fewer moving parts. That also means less maintenance.
Government advisors estimate the shift could cost 410,000 jobs in the country by the end of the decade, almost half of all automotive employment.
The National Platform for the Future of Mobility (NPM), an advisory council for the government, estimated 88,000 jobs could be lost in engine and transmission production alone.