The glaringly obvious is seldom thought of. This short article addresses a number of issues, the key ones relate to
The future of work
EV/Automotive business models and supply chain
Both huge topics. I think the first is the greater. It's well known that EV's require substantially less maintenance, and that poses a huge threat to Car dealerships and Autoshops, as the quote below shows. EV's will need to be maintained, and Pre Autonomous driving at least, need body repairs. But who will do it? Firstly, the business case/model needs to be defined to create or adapt the businesses to do the work. Secondly of course, who is going to staff those maintenance/repair shops? We know mechanics love engines, and getting down and dirty, and the intricacies of engine repair. All that disappears with EVs. Not only does autonomous driving pose an existential threat to taxi/truck/delivery driver jobs, EV's post the same threats to mechanics and repair guys, and girls. Too big a topic for a quick comment, but the future of work is something I address in my recent 'This week in Cleantech' podcast, as well as an article I've just written for the Fully Charged Almanac. Disruptive times.
That fear isn’t just training-related. The independent business model is threatened. According to the same Tribune article, “Independent auto shops — of which there are more than 160,000 in the United States — have always relied on minor repairs, such as oil changes and new tires, to get customers in the front door. To many a car owner’s surprise, one minor repair often leads to a series of others, giving auto shops a chance to make more money and establish a rapport with customers that can serve them for years.” Without those frequent oil changes, well … you can already kind of see the problem, right?