Electric vehicles are on the verge of skyrocketing demand, and minority suppliers should be making moves now to find a place in the EV market, says John Graves, chairman of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Automotive Project.
The coalition, founded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, holds an annual automotive summit in Detroit and has used the event in recent years as a sounding board on how to develop minority talent for the EV supply chain and to discuss opportunities in the growing world of zero-emission vehicles.
The group also released its diversity scorecard at the summit last week, judging 12 auto makers on their commitment to diversity in areas such as employment and philanthropy. General Motors and Toyota Motor Corp. topped this year's rankings.
Graves spoke with Automotive News Staff Reporter Vince Bond Jr. about the industry's transition to EVs and the progress auto makers are making to diversify. Here are edited excerpts.