The production of electric vehicles requires much less labor than the production of conventional ICE cars, which could leave tens of thousands of people unemployed in the future.
Ford and Volkswagen have calculated that EVs use an average of 30% less workforce than gasoline-powered vehicles, and Ford has already planned to cut 8,000 employees because of this.
Analysts at the consulting firm AlixPartners and scientists at the Economic Policy Institute of Washington confirm these predictions. The production of electric motors and batteries requires 40% less labor than the production of engines and transmissions for conventional cars with internal combustion engines. If the share of sales of electric cars in the US market exceeds 50%, then American companies will have to cut 75,000 jobs.
The risk of a new wave of unemployment was also stated by the Boston Consulting Group, estimating that the final transition to electric vehicles in Europe, which is scheduled for 2030, will lead to the reduction of 630,000 old jobs and create a maximum of 580,000 new ones. Accordingly, about 50 thousand people are guaranteed to lose their jobs.
In June, Tesla founder Elon Musk sent a letter to the company’s executives demanding a suspension of hiring in all departments of the company and “cutting approximately 10% of employees.”
China successfully tested a hydrogen-oxygen engine for the super-heavy Long March 9 launch vehicle, which will be used for launches to the Moon and Mars
China has successfully tested a new engine for its Long March 9 super-heavy launch vehicle, which is set to play a key role in lunar exploration and deep space missions.
According to the South China Morning Post, Chinese scientists have managed to overcome technical difficulties in creating a prototype of the YF-79 rocket engine, which is intended for the third stage of the rocket. Experts have successfully carried out three ground tests of it, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
The 25-ton YF-79 is a hydrogen-oxygen engine with an expansion thrust cycle. The first stage of the Long March 9 with boosters will be powered by four YF-130 oxygen-kerosene engines with an additional combustion cycle. A pair of YF-90 hydrogen-oxygen engines is provided for the second stage of the rocket. New YF-79 engines are developed for the third stage, there are four in total.
It is expected that the “Changzheng-9” will be able to launch up to 140 tons of payload into low Earth orbit, from 15 to 50 tons to the Moon, from 12 to 44 tons to Mars.
Maserati GranTurismo Folgore: electric, powerful, very low and outwardly does not betray its electric essence. The car is valued at $170,000
Maserati has shared details about its first electric coupe called the GranTurismo Folgore.
Folgore, according to the statement of the company itself, will be the lowest electric car in the world – 135 mm.
The machine is equipped with three electric motors with a total capacity of 760 hp. This allows the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 320 km/h. At the same time, some sources talk about 1200 hp, which is also true. The fact is that the power of each electric motor is 300 kW or about 1207 hp, but the installation never works at such a power, giving a maximum of about 760 hp.
The battery capacity is 92.5 kWh, and it can be charged at stations with a capacity of 270 kW. The power reserve is declared equal to 450 km according to the WLTP cycle, but for such powerful electric vehicles this is a very conditional indicator. From the rest, we can note a mass of almost 2270 kg, a trunk of 270 liters, three screens (a 12.2-inch digital instrument panel, a 12.3-inch infotainment system screen and another 8.8-inch screen, but it is not yet clear Where it is located).
For those who still would like to hear the characteristic sound of the engine, Maserati offers a corresponding function, when recordings of its own V8 engines are played from the speakers in accordance with the nature of the movement. In addition, the company focuses on the fact that the design of the car practically does not give out an electric car in it.
It remains to add that for the car they will ask from 170,000 to 215,000 dollars. Sales will begin in the summer of 2023.
Tesla Model 3 loses control, crashes and catches fire. This was caught on video
At the end of last week, Mydrivers published a video filmed on one of the Chinese tracks. First, we are shown a Tesla Model 3 electric car engulfed in fire.
At the end of the video, we see how the Tesla Model 3 loses control at high speed in the rain and crashes into a fence. From a strong blow, the driver was thrown onto the road, after which the car was engulfed in fire. Tesla has not made an official statement about this.
Mydrivers notes that there have been a series of other accidents prior to this involving the company’s electric vehicles. In July of this year, artist Lin Zhiying was driving a Tesla Model S that caught fire after a collision.
Also, in July, another car owner reported that his Tesla caught fire in a tunnel.
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