To the Editor:
Recently reported political comments about corporate average fuel economy prompted this letter (“GOP lawmakers challenge CAFE standard,” autonews.com, Sept. 21).
Most of us are familiar with Moore’s Law for semiconductors, which illustrates how quickly electronics can evolve. It is amazing how so much progress can be made in such a short time. Does anyone believe that that will not apply in vehicle electrification? Are the world’s scientists and engineers so dumb they cannot deliver?
Does Donald Trump really believe he can take America back to the steam age and save jobs? The business and job risks of electrification are totally against him.
Imagine an electric vehicle share of around 30 percent of new vehicles. How many engine and transmission plants would have to close? How many engine/transmission component suppliers would go out of business? How many suppliers of air, fuel, cooling, exhaust, NVH and thermal systems would go out of business? And how much associated cost would be reduced for the benefit of the consumer?
The jobs would go to makers of electric motors, power electronics and batteries, but many of them will not be in the U.S.(except for Elon Musk).
The shift to electrification is a given and will probably happen much faster than we expect. The U.S. auto industry must prepare itself for the inevitable.
ALAN MARTIN, Managing Partner, MergerChoices LLC, Bradenton, Fla.