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EV industry and career options

Kaustov Kashyap *



As the world increasingly prioritizes sustainability, the Indian electric vehicle (EV) sector emerges as a promising field for career advancement. Understanding the sought-after roles, necessary skills, recommended courses, and other relevant details is crucial to future-proofing careers in this industry.

Electric vehicles have gained significant attention, with the EV sector experiencing rapid growth and offering lucrative career prospects. This article aims to explore some of the wellpaying career opportunities within the EV industry. The Indian government has launched a program called FAME, aimed at subsidizing the purchase of nearly 1 million electric bikes, 7,000 electric buses, and 55,000 electric vehicles over a span of three years.

History of EV Industry

Electric vehicles, including electric cars, hydrogen fuel cell cars, and hybrid electric vehicles, were once considered impractical. Critics argued that they would not have enough power to travel long distances, making them unsuitable for journeys. However, through extensive research and development, battery electric vehicles have become a reality.

These zero-emission vehicles first emerged in the 19th century, with Scooter’s India Pvt Ltd. pioneering the invention of the first electric vehicle, a three-wheeler. Today, companies like Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Hyundai, Mahindra, Chevrolet, BMW, and Renault are actively producing electric automobiles, marking a significant shift towards sustainable transportation.

Career Options in EV Industry
Smart Technologies


Automakers are increasingly harnessing smart technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, embedded systems, and the Internet of Things (loT) to analyze data and ensure quality control at every stage of electric vehicle (EV) production.

Moreover, research has shown that AI and ML can optimize EV charging speeds, expanding their application in the industry. This creates numerous opportunities for computer engineers, software developers, embedded system specialists, and data analysts.

Cybersecurity

Electric vehicles rely on various sensors that are vulnerable to cyber threats. Furthermore, there have been incidents where attackers compromised charging stations to access sensitive customer data. To mitigate such risks, EV manufacturers depend on cybersecurity professionals.

Research & Development

In the electric vehicle (EV) industry, a dedicated research and development (R&D) team is essential to stay abreast of the latest global trends in technology and ideas. Their focus is on enhancing battery charging, recharge technology, as well as sourcing fuel and materials.

The R&D team is responsible for investigating and testing EV technology. Typically, chemists and material scientists assess battery life and performance, while also exploring new materials to improve EV components. These efforts aim to develop faster recharging technologies to surpass conventional vehicles.

Electrical Engineering

In the electric vehicle (EV) sector, a core competency is electrical engineering. Proficiency in electricity principles, circuits, and power electronics is indispensable for designing and managing EV systems. Students can pursue degrees in electrical engineering or related fields to establish a solid groundwork.

Battery Technology

EVs heavily rely on advanced battery technology. Students can specialize in battery chemistry, energy storage, and battery management systems to enhance battery efficiency, safety, and longevity. Developing expertise in this domain is vital for driving innovation in EV batteries.

Environmental Engineer

The role of an environmental engineer involves assessing the environmental impact of electric vehicles and devising strategies to reduce their carbon footprint. They also ensure compliance with pollution and emission regulations.

Sales and Marketing Manager

Sales and marketing managers oversee market research, product positioning, and advertising campaigns for electric vehicle sales and marketing initiatives. Project Manager Project managers are responsible for overseeing the development and production of electric vehicles from conception to launch. They manage finances, schedules, and resources to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget constraints.

Automotive Engineering : A background in automotive engineering can provide an edge for those interested in the EV industry. It encompasses understanding vehicle design, manufacturing techniques, and safety standards. Specialized courses or degrees in automotive engineering are available to cater to this interest.

Design and Development

The design and development sector encompasses individuals involved in the entire vehicle modelling process, from initial concepts to final product development. This includes engineers, software developers, industrial designers, technicians, and drafters. Their objective is to devise cost-effective solutions that enhance vehicle affordability.

The team endeavours to create vehicles accessible to individuals across various socio-economic backgrounds. Professionals in chemical, electrical, electronic, mechanical, and industrial engineering, as well as software development and design, are in high demand for roles in this sector within the EV industry.


* Kaustov Kashyapwrote this article for The Sangai Express
This article was webcasted on 02 June 2024

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