The study revealed that more than 300 companies in 43 states and the District of Columbia are involved directly in producing clean and fuel efficient technologies. The figures are expected to grow even more with the recently announced fuel economy standards which are targeting a fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025. Michigan found itself on top of the list with 97 facilities in the state employing about 38,000 workers, as the report has revealed.
Ohio followed closely, with about 14,000 employees and 28 plants, and Indiana with about 12,000 workers at 30 facilities. The industry jobs are not only focused on traditional car manufacturing states. California follows second on Michigan, having about 7,000 employees in 79 facilities pointing out a growing home for Silicon-Valley-type start ups. Meanwhile, Peter Lehner, executive director of NRDC, explained that the new report aimed to be conservative in reaching its numbers pointed out that eco-friendly cars are indeed leading to more jobs.
“This is not a question of what might happen. This is what’s happening today. This is an economic boom that is affecting the entire country.” Peter Lehner, Executive Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) was quoted as saying by Detroit Free Press.