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Democrats Pursue Diverse, Unionized Electric Vehicle Workforce

May 20, 2022, 8:23 PM

More training for electricians and recruiting from a more diverse hiring pool are among the challenges facing the nascent electric vehicle workforce in the US, congressional Democrats said Friday.

Labor unions also need to represent the EV workforce to protect employees in the fledging industry, said panel Democrats at a House Science, Space, and Technology Research and Technology Subcommittee field hearing in Pontiac, Mich.

The bipartisan infrastructure law enacted last year (Public Law 117-58) includes $7.5 billion to develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure, with the goal of installing half a million chargers nationwide by 2030.

“We’ll need a ...