The Electric Vehicle Switch

Seeing your new EV, you might find it difficult to imagine the huge changes that an electric vehicle switch required in the factory.

The Mystery of the Disappearing Auto Industry Jobs

GM targeted 2035 for going all electric. Ford said the same for 2030 but only in Europe. Now Volvo tells us that it will sell battery only cars by 2030. To buy one, we have to go online where price…

Innovation: Happy Birthday Moving Assembly Line!

Yesterday, the moving assembly line celebrated its 100th birthday. Before October 7, 1913, in one place, a car was built by teams of workers. The chassis took 12 hours to finish while magneto production required 15 minutes and 29 workers.…

The Cafe Menu

How will a 54.5 mpg CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) mandate affect us? We start with a mystery.  Because Minivans are big and heavy, they should be the source of a large proportion of all traffic fatalities in 2-car accidents.…

Productivity Matters

Sometimes new technology increases productivity. “Sushi making robots” at Kura, a restaurant chain in Japan, have replaced chefs while conveyer belts take the food to diners. By using less labor and more capital, in a tough economy, the firm is…