California Leads in Alternative Auto Technology
Work on reducing auto pollution can result in more exports of technology and create jobs, study says
PASADENA - 10/27/04 - A new study on California's transportation industry finds that the state is a leader in the core skills needed to design and produce technologies that reduce vehicle pollution.
Moreover, reports the Auto Channel, the companies producing these technologies "stand to substantially increase their California jobs and investments, as requirements to reduce pollution grow."
The study - California's Clean Vehicle Industry - was released by CALSTART, the Pasadena-based non-profit advanced transportation research group that researched and published the study.
The report snapshots companies that are currently involved in or are capable of producing technologies that can reduce pollution in vehicles and outlines the potential size of the market for products that reduce such emissions.
It also surveyed a cross section of those companies to find what impact increased requirements to reduce the emissions in vehicles will have on their operations.
The overwhelming response was that California high-tech companies have the needed skills to respond to such requirements, and projected that their jobs and investments would grow as a result.
"California has unique advantages in high-tech that can provide the products to improve the environment and grow the economy," said CALSTART's President and CEO John Boesel.
The enhanced development of alternative energy-powered vehicles, he said, "would tap the core skills of the state in what could be a $20-billion domestic business, and can lead to more high-quality jobs in engineering, electronics and software design."
According to the report, California is "a leader in advanced technology and has core advantages in the clean vehicle technologies needed to reduce pollution, including electronics and power electronics, advanced propulsion systems, alternative fuels, energy storage and light-weight materials."
In addition, it said, the state already has more than 100 advanced technology firms headquartered or with major operations in the state, together with over 20 key research and supporting organizations, that have the skills and technologies to be involved in or contribute to reducing vehicle tailpipe emissions.
That "cluster" of companies is poised to grow and expand as requirements increase for advanced technologies "that can reduce pollution, with an overwhelming majority of companies surveyed projecting growth both in jobs and investment in the state," it said.
In a survey of those companies, more than 60% that anticipated job growth thought that growth would be large to very large.
"It's important to see that California companies will not only make money helping to solve our environmental challenges, but can also be global suppliers of such technologies," noted Boesel.
The study, he said, "shows that reducing [pollution] from cars can result in more exports of California technology, while creating more high-value jobs here."
The report was independently researched and produced by CALSTART and can be accessed by visiting the research group's website at www.calstart.org
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