WASHINGTON More than 155,000 American workers already are making components for clean, fuel-efficient vehicles, and that number could grow significantly as the United States continues to embrace new generations of fuel-efficient cars and trucks, according to a new study.
The report, “Supplying Ingenuity: U.S. Suppliers of Clean, Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies,” which is jointly produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Wildlife Federation and the UAW, underscores the strong link between fuel-efficient vehicles and economic vitality.
“The reality is that cleaner vehicles have already led to more jobs,” said Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Our report shows how strong fuel efficiency standards have employed people nationwide, so stronger standards will certainly mean even more job growth in the future.”
According to the report, 43 states and the District of Columbia now are home to the 300-plus manufacturers that develop and supply key components for advanced internal combustion engines and vehicles, hybrid powertrains and plug-in electric vehicles.