So a bit of inside insight on this whole GM laying off 4000 white collar workers... I don't know all of the details and it might be a bit of information that might be boring for some, but it sheds a light on the current layoffs. Let's go back a bit. The Trump Administration (further known as TA) has been in talks with California on auto emissions standards. Several years ago the OEs decided to do 1 catalyst system on cars to get away from having California Emissions (CE) and the other emissions in the other 35 or 40 states that didn't want CE. Flash forward to the election and the TA now. TA doesn't believe that the standards set for 2025(?) are attainable and decided to not push this law. Why did I go there you ask? I can't remember exact dates or emissions standards, but basically sometime in the near future (2026?) all vehicles sold in Cali would need to be 80-100% emission free. The OEs have liked this idea and instead of saying it can't be done like in years past, have backed this proposal. Why? GM and Ford have positioned themselves and told the public that EVs will replace the ICE by 2025(?) starting back quite a few years ago. So they now have to follow through with what they've told the public as they think the EV is the best thing since sliced bread....and its a HUGE money maker for them over an ICE powered vehicle. Current thinking in the market is that this allowed GM to layoff all of these ICE engineers and hire "fresh out of college", new style of thinking engineers that will bring them into the EV marketplace by 2026(?). Thus the current picture at GM. Now that the TA walked away from the table this last week, there could be big issues brewing for OEs that decide to continue down the EV path over the ICE path. The OEs were basically pushing these laws to kill the ICE. Basically they're terrified that with little to no improvements on the ICE required, a company like Kia or Toyota can come in with 15 year old gas engine technology and control the market here in the US while they're struggling...like Elon....to cell EVs.
Now, this has all been kind of a round table discussion, so it's merely somewhat of opinion as to the layoffs at GM...so don't hold it against me!! LOL.... Personally, EVs are NOT the wave or problem solver they are expecting. And AEVs are still many years (20+) off down the road. We don't have a fast enough, strong enough, energy efficient computers that can make the calculations necessary to be completely autonomous. So I think GM screwed up here and it's going to bite them in the rear if not destroy the company. Only time will tell.... Let's hope they get rid of Mary next!
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