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Aug 102011

More than 155,000 Americans are working in the clean-tech auto industry.

From Green Right Now Reports

New York is among the top states in the nation for the number of workers who are making components for clean, fuel-efficient vehicles, according to a new report.

More than 155,000 Americans are working in the clean-tech auto industry, and that number could grow significantly as the United States continues to embrace new generations of fuel efficient cars and trucks, according to a study released today.

The report, jointly produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Wildlife Federation and the UAW, comes just two days before President Obama is to visit an advanced battery facility in Holland, Mich., to tout how the new 54.5 mpg fuel standard for cars and light trucks will lead to innovative technologies that will enable automakers to achieve even greater mileage for their products—and save consumers money.

The report, “Supplying Ingenuity: U.S. Suppliers of Clean, Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies,” underscores the strong link between fuel-efficient vehicles and economic vitality.

“The reality is that cleaner vehicles have already led to more jobs,” said Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Our report shows how strong fuel efficiency standards have employed people nationwide, so stronger standards will certainly mean even more job growth in the future.”

According to the report, 43 states and the District of Columbia now are home to the 300-plus manufacturers that develop and supply key components for advanced internal combustion engines and vehicles, hybrid power-trains and plug-in electric vehicles.

The report lists the top 15 states employing the highest number of autoworkers in clean, efficient technologies:

  1. Michigan
  2. Ohio
  3. Indiana
  4. North Carolina
  5. Kentucky
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Texas
  8. Alabama
  9. California
  10. South Carolina
  11. Tennessee
  12. New York
  13. Illinois
  14. Virginia
  15. Arizona