In seven years, 8.5 million traction batteries per year will have to be produced in the United States, although their number does not exceed 200,000 now. The breakthrough that American industry must make in this direction is comparable in magnitude to the new industrial revolution. Hundreds of thousands of workers must be involved in the production of batteries in the United States.
The head of the American representative office of Volkswagen Scott Keogh (Scott Keogh) explained Reutersthat the problem of scaling traction battery production in the United States must be comprehensively addressed in order to attract labor and increase the production volume of the necessary materials. According to him, at the beginning of this century, the US industrial sector employed 17 million people in the country, and now their number does not exceed 12.8 million people. The country’s economy has developed into a service economy, and in order to strengthen the role of industrial production, enough attention should be paid to staff training.
US President Joseph Biden calls for a 50 percent share of electric vehicles and hybrids in the US car market by 2030, without limiting the service life of already sold internal combustion engines. The development of the national automotive industry cannot be imagined without a significant increase in the production of traction batteries. The electrification of the fleet will be the biggest transformation of US industry in the country’s history, according to a Volkswagen spokesman.