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Going electric: California car mandate would hit mechanics hard | Race to Zero

  • Feb 6, 2023

Gasoline-powered vehicles like this one have hundreds of moving parts and other components that keep mechanics like Rojas busy. Rojas, 42, has spent much of his life refining the specialized skills needed to inspect and repair them. But as California switches to electric vehicles in its battle against climate change and air pollution, these skills will be needed less and less over the next ...

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Charles Botsford, PE on Feb 8, 2023

In reality, it's not the mandate that will cause the loss of jobs. It's market forces. The mandate won't do anything that won't happen anyway. Electric vehicle sales will likely increase faster than expected, and the sale of regular gasoline cars will stop well before the mandate kicks in. So, getting people riled up about a mandate is a red herring. Rojas' attitude is correct. He will have to adapt, and so will other mechanics nationwide, not just California. Though, we'll still have used gasoline vehicles for mechanics to work on for a very long time.

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