Clean Transportation Jobs Up as Clean Energy Gains Ground
Solar power and electric vehicles and transportation were major contributors to job growth in the United States in the second quarter of 2014, says Environmental Entrepreneurs, with Arizona, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Massachusetts, New York and Utah also ranking high on the list. Adding jobs in clean-energy and clean-technology sectors shows that for the first time alternative energy is making large enough waves to be taken seriously. Electric and solar cars have been around since at least the 1960’s, but no one really invested in them until now. Clean energy, as many people know, is perhaps the best way that the United States has of weaning itself off of foreign oil and helping to reduce the environmental impacts that go along with burning fossil fuels. That said, companies such as Tesla Motors – a company that is seeing itself in the news more often than not these days, for good reasons – and General Motors are planning on adding close to two thousand jobs in the clean energy sector; these jobs would include things such as electric battery construction, transportation and logistics, and research and development.
The more good news we hear about alternative energies, the better the outlook is for that type of technology to enter the auto transportation industry. When auto shipping trucks only average 6-8 miles per gallon of diesel fuel, it gets pretty expensive to haul vehicles from city to city, state to state, across literally millions of square miles of terrain. In all, over 12,500 jobs have been added to the clean energy sector, a massive jump over new additions in the first quarter of 2014. This means that clean energy is not a fad, it’s not going anywhere – as of right now, even Silicon Valley is getting involved. With some of the largest venture capital groups located in Silicon Valley and the rest of California, it’s not surprising that investment in technology that is literally right in their backyard would skyrocket. Companies like Tesla have set the mold; now, everyone else just has to get on board with what they’re doing.
This is great news for auto transportation companies because electric or solar-powered transport trucks – while, admittedly, quite a few years away – nonetheless have the potential to radically transform the auto transport industry. Right now, with fuel costs so high, much of the price you pay for transport is tied up in overhead that carrier companies have to pay to maintain their rigs and keep them driving. As prices for fuel continue to rise, prices for auto transport continue to rise as well, making it more and more expensive as the years go on. Alternative energies could reverse that trend, allowing drivers to focus on their loads and customers to focus on the shipment itself, not how they’re going to pay it. Nonetheless, it’ll be a while before we reach that particular utopia; until then, you can get free auto transport quotes from reliable and reputable companies by calling us toll-free at 800-930-7417 or filling out our free online quote request form. It’s easy, takes only a few minutes and gets you reliable quotes from reliable auto transport companies.