“Electric cars are disasters. They are evil." Not something you'd hear every day, certainly not from a powerful executive in the auto industry. Yet those are the words of Ha Bu-young, head of the Hyundai motor union, both the largest and the most powerful union in South Korea. DON'T MISS: UAW wakes up to job threat posed by electric cars, as German unions have already (Oct 2017) Ha made the comment in an interview with the Reuters news service last week, published on Monday. His concern is jobs, specifically the well-paid auto industry jobs that have lifted auto workers in the country...
UAW wakes up to job threat posed by electric cars, as German unions have already
With an evolving shift to electrified and plug-in electric cars, the changes that will bring to the auto industry are far from limited to the powertrains. The entire mass-production and vehicle assembly process the industry pioneered a century ago will require major restructuring, it appears...Sean Szymkowski
Tesla moans about media as it fights workers' union efforts
Tesla's position is clear: the California electric-car maker doesn't feel a union is needed to protect its factory workers from what it claims are only anecdotal stories about worker safety and wage levels. Last weekend, Tesla continued to punch back at United Auto Workers organizating efforts at...Sean Szymkowski
Musk responds to Tesla line workers on wages, injuries, confidentiality
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has responded vigorously to an employee's claims of low wages and commonplace on-the-job injuries. In an email to employees and statements to media outlets, Musk denied the claims and accused the employee who made them of being a paid union agitator. Earlier this month, Jose...Stephen Edelstein
Electric cars lead to carmaker job cuts: new flashpoint?
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...John Voelcker
Electric cars necessary to protect Mercedes jobs, says labor leader
Daimler's labor leader wants the company to produce more electric-powertrain components in house.Stephen Edelstein