German business newspaper Handelsblatt on Monday quoted government advisers as saying the shift to electric vehicles could cost Germany 410,000 jobs by 2030. A report by Germany’s National Transport Platform for the Future (NPM) says about 88,000 jobs are at risk in the engine and transmission sectors alone. NPM is an advisory committee of the German government.
Electric cars have fewer engine parts and require less maintenance than internal combustion engines, which could lead to layoffs, the report said.
NPM Chairman Henning Kagermann also said that car production would be further automated and would not be sufficient to support current levels of employment.
In 2018, the German auto industry employed 834,000 people, the highest level since 1991.
The German government and companies are pushing hard for electric cars. In November, the German chancellor said he wanted to build 1m electric vehicle charging points across the country by 2030 to accommodate the industry.
Continental, the world’s second-largest maker of auto parts, also said last year that it would stop developing internal combustion engines such as petrol and diesel engines by 2030. About 25,000 employees involved in Continental’s internal combustion engine business will be transferred. The company expects to transform its business by predicting that by 2050, almost all of its new cars will be all-electric and fuel-cell vehicles.