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naperlou   10/18/2012 10:00:16 AM
Beth, I agree with you.  I am tired of people, be they executives or politicians, throwing out statistics they read in a newspaper.  I would put our top students up against those in other countries any day.  We are also able to attract top students from elsewhere.  That is not really the issue. 

What the auto industry ought to be doing is to attract experienced engineers from other fields so that they can bring new ideas, and experience, to the business.  GM, especially, does not have time to wait for the new engineers to get up to speed. 

The issues with electric vehicles are strictly in the storage area.  The electric motors are very powerful and weigh very little (the one in the Tesla Roadster puts out about 300 Hp and weighs only 70 lbs.  Added to that advantage, it does not require a transmission.  Innovations in the chasis are really the same as for a car with an ICE.  What GM, and the others, need to do is to invest their own money into critical technologies, like battery technology. 

These businesses (the auto industry) started out making everything themselves.  They took in raw material (iron ore, coke, rubber) and made the vehicles.  I am not advocating that they go back to that, but they certianly are not doing really well with the approach they have now.  Perhaps they should rethink the situation.

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Beth Stackpole   10/18/2012 7:02:07 AM
I definitely agree with Reuss' sentiments, but did he give any suggestions or make any commitments for GM to help foster next-generation EV engineers? It's one thing to admonish an industry or a country for slack education practices, but GM is certainly poised to give back by funding or helping architect curriculum and training that can seed its engineering ranks with the skill sets it requires. Of course, not just GM, but all of the auto makers. Partnership between business and educational institutions is critical for advancing this cause.

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