Environmental Issues: Transportation
U.S. Suppliers of Clean, Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies
U.S. suppliers of clean, fuel efficient vehicle technologies can play a key role in the expansion of the auto industry in America and foster significant job growth. As the United States recovers from the recent global economic turmoil, the automotive industry is again becoming profitable. Consumers, however, are still reeling from financial pressures, and want cars and light trucks that travel farther on a gallon of fuel and save them money at the pump. The auto industry is meeting this demand by using new, innovative technologies that simultaneously improve fuel economy and cut carbon pollution.
The first significant advances in fuel economy standards for both cars and light trucks in more than 20 years coupled with the first-ever carbon pollution standards (which apply to models built in 2012 to 2016) are fomenting formidable changes in the automotive industry. Further changes in these standards, currently under consideration by the Obama Administration, will have an even more dramatic impact on the future direction and competitiveness of the auto industry in the United States, and, indeed, on the economic growth of the entire country.
U.S. Suppliers of Clean, Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Parts
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The Keys to Growing the Auto Industry
Throughout recent history, a successful domestic automotive industry has been one of the most critical factors in preserving and growing U.S. jobs. Currently, the industry directly employs nearly 700,000 U.S. workers, more than 427,000 of whom are employed in the automotive supply sector -- companies that design, engineer, and manufacture the parts that are eventually assembled into cars and light trucks.
This study, conducted jointly between NRDC, UAW and the National Wildlife Federation, finds that there are more than 300 companies in 43 states and the District of Columbia that create clean and efficient vehicle technologies for the automotive supply. These suppliers of clean, efficiency-oriented vehicle components are responsible for employing 150,000 workers directly and hundreds of thousands indirectly. These companies develop and supply critical components for advanced internal combustion engines, turbochargers, improved transmissions, lightweight structures, electric traction motors, electronic controllers, advanced battery materials and traction batteries, and smart charging systems -- all while preserving existing jobs and creating new ones.
In sum, innovations from suppliers and automaker component operations produce novel, fuel-saving and low-emission technologies that add new parts to vehicles and grow jobs on the assembly line. By following strong fuel economy and pollution standards akin to those in Europe and Asia, U.S. automakers and their suppliers will be able to leverage the efficiency of global platforms, adding scale, lowering costs, and, in turn, spawning lower prices and higher profits.
Strong standards will do the most to cut our nation's oil dependence and carbon pollution, improve our security and keep billions of dollars in our economy annually instead of sending it overseas for oil. Strong standards will put automotive engineers and production workers on the job, supplying ingenuity for cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles.
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