As new electric vehicles take to the road, uncertainty over whether EVs will become part of the mainstream car market has faded under the weight of a more pressing need --- recalibrating auto manufacturing to support EV production and a viable mobility sector.
Not since the auto industry evolved from hand-cranked automobiles to the major global market it is today has manufacturing been so pivotal to the sector’s future and potential promise.
Realizing such promise, however, will require automakers and dealers to become ever more innovative, agile, and resilient in the face of a changing auto landscape that EVs will help shape.
At least 30 percent of new vehicles are expected to be electric by 2030, and there are plans in California to shift more toward EVs in 2035. Moreover, car companies continue to provide home-EV charging stations where possible to ease range anxiety, while U.S. government rebates seek to aid EV affordability.
Although these developments may only reflect the start of the mobility journey, they also represent a defining moment in which manufacturing will be key to realizing the mobility vision.
Many automakers are already hard at work expanding their manufacturing footprint to accommodate evolving EV technology and production on a much larger scale.
And with such manufacturing expansion, undoubtedly there will be additional challenges, including re-imagining product development; developing and managing battery supply; building new skills; balancing internal combustion engine and EV demand; and addressing EV profitability.