First in me: Where the EVS are

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Roughly half of U.S. auto manufacturing plants are either constructing electric vehicles or are planning to do so by 2025, according to a study released today by Third Way, a shift that affects over 4 million jobs tied to the American automotive sector. But many of those jobs could be at risk if American manufacturers don’t bolster their EV production and match competition from China and Europe, said Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, who authored the report and previously served as chief global economist at Ford and chief economist at the Commerce Department.

The report maps out where auto manufacturers are working on EVs and plots the number of workers each location employs. It’s meant to illustrate the breadth of the industry’s impact on communities across the country — and what’s at stake if foreign competition overtakes U.S. manufacturing. “We have had very significant growth in startups,” Hughes-Cromwick told ME. “But without policy we won’t get that added nudge to make sure we have a stable growth rate.” Read the report here.