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How auto techs, trade schools are prepping for EV future


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Greg Patton says he's not like other mechanics with more than 40 years of greasy auto repair experience because he gets the coming electric vehicle future.

In the last four decades, he's watched manufacturers work to adapt their technology for better fuel economy to the point where vehicles now shut off when stopped. There's not much else they can do, he says, to achieve better fuel economy with internal combustion engines. And that's why EVs are inevitable.

"I would say it's long overdue," said Patton while sitting down for lunch at Mack Garage in Detroit where he works mostly on internal-combustion vehicles and occasionally a gas-electric hybrid. "I just can't wait for the fully level-five autonomous cars to be coming out."

As automakers accelerate their EV plans, independent auto mechanics, dealer service centers and trade schools training future technicians are ...


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