As the world transitions to electric vehicles (EVs), new jobs are being created to support the demand. These new jobs are required for the electrification of the transportation sector, which has become a major priority for many countries, including the United States. Recently, the United States has pledged to convert 100% of the federal fleet to electric by 2035. Many states have also made similar EV goals within the next decade.

With several million EVs needed to achieve these ambitious goals, supply chains, manufacturing, and servicing jobs related to EVs must plan for the growing demand.

EV Charging Stations

First and foremost, one of the most critical components of the success of EV adoption are EV charging stations. Many individuals are interested in EVs, but are concerned about when and where they’ll charge. If residential or workplace charging is not available, EV drivers must rely on public charging stations. In some states, such as California, EV charging stations are a frequent sight. EV charging stations in other states, such as Montana, are few and far between.

As a result, new jobs in the design, manufacturing, installation, and servicing of EV charging stations are needed. While this area of EVs has grown significantly over the past ten years, it still needs much more expansion as more and more people go electric.

Furthermore, there are several technological advancements that need to be made in EV charging stations, such as wireless charging, faster DC Fast Charging, plug and charge adoption, utility demand response adoption, and bi-directional charging. Between installing more charging stations and advancing the technology of future charging, there is a significant increase in jobs available in the industry.

Batteries

Other areas of job creation are EV battery mining, manufacturing, servicing, research and development, and recycling. Batteries are a critical component of EVs. Per BloombergNEF, in 2013, the cost of the battery in an EV was $684/kilowatt-hour (kWh). Today, that cost has decreased down to $132. Experts explain the dramatic decrease in the battery cost is a result of technology advancements and increased battery supply contracts.

But the industry is not done there. Further jobs in the battery industry will help drive down costs even further while also leading to greater energy density. Between the two of these advancements, EVs will become cheaper and travel further than ever on a single charge. In fact, we have already seen energy density increase over the years. Per the Department of Energy, the median EV range was around 75 miles in 2013 and around 250 in 2021. Furthermore, some models, such as the Lucid Air, can travel over 500 miles on a single charge.

Lastly, recycling old batteries is both a concern and an opportunity. Many claim that old EV batteries will just end up in a landfill, which will create a large amount of waste. Fortunately, many have already thought of a solution. New companies have been created with a focus on recycling old batteries for a second life. These renewed batteries can serve as stationary storage for homes, hospitals, or utility operations. Many of these companies are currently hiring.

Renewable Energy

With so many EVs hitting the road, many are concerned about how we will power them. Since EVs require electricity to charge the battery, the grid must be able to handle millions of EVs charging on a daily or weekly basis. One way to solve this problem is to increase the amount of renewable energy nationwide. With renewable energy, such as solar or wind, this new clean energy can power EVs while still meeting carbon emission reduction targets.

Furthermore, with the aid of batteries for energy storage, renewable energy can power EVs even if solar or wind production is limited that particular day. Therefore, EVs will further drive jobs in the renewable energy sector.

Jobs Created by the Infrastructure Bill

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was signed into law at the end of 2021. This new infrastructure bill includes billions of dollars in all sorts of industries, including EV charging stations. Specifically, $7.5B is reserved for the planning, installation, and servicing of EV charging stations nationwide.

This large sum of money will not only be the largest investment in EV charging stations in the country’s history, but it will also provide thousands of jobs in the EV industry. These new permanent jobs will help further increase the adoption of EVs, which is not only great for the bottom line, but also great for the environment.

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