Thinking about becoming a professional auto mechanic? Become an electrical specialist. As the car industry begins to wholeheartedly embrace hybrid and electrical vehicle technology, it’s your sure-fire ticket to job security.
Here’s proof: BMW announced plans to double its electric and hybrid sales in the next two years. So if you plan on being a BMW mechanic, you better know something about how the electrical components work — because that’s what’s going to be powering the vehicles of the future.
“The company will have 25 electrified models on sale in 2023, two years earlier than previously planned, it announced on Tuesday. More than half of the vehicles will be fully electric.
The step up in BMW’s electrification efforts comes as European carmakers face an unprecedented challenge to their profitable business model as major markets, from the UK to the rest of the EU to China, plan to decarbonise road transport.”
A Race to the Future
The race to electric technology is on — spurred by European regulations demanding car manufacturers embrace it. Manufacturers must ensure average emissions from new cars are below 95g of carbon dioxide per kilometre driven or face huge fines by 2021, according to EU regulations.
In 2018, BMW’s averaged carbon emissions of 128.9g per kilometre in 2018, according to the data company Jato Dynamics.
US Sales Slump
Of course you wouldn’t know that driving or repairing cars in the US. Sales of electric vehicles continue to struggle across the pond. BMW’s sales of electrical vehicles in the US were down 22.6 percent in June of 2019.
“Overall, sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 7.5% in June 2019 for a total of 31,627 over the 29,407 vehicles sold in June 2018. MINI USA reported 3,235 vehicles sold, a decrease of 22% from the 4,146 in the same month a year ago,” the BMWBlog reported.
“It’s not a stress for me,” BMW CTO Klaus Fröhlich told the BMWBlog. “We have not moved product forward. We have just decided on additional products.”
And we’re not stressed about it here either at our Cincinnati auto garage. Change is going to come. It’s inevitable. In the meantime, we’ll keep fixing BMWs. That’s what we do best.