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Thousands of companies involved with making, selling and servicing traditional vehicles face an uncertain future as the country transitions to electric vehicles. 

Thousands of companies involved with making, selling and servicing traditional vehicles face an uncertain future as the country transitions to electric vehicles. 

Photographer: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg
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The Coming Electric Car Disruption That Nobody’s Talking About

From metal fabricators to auto mechanics and corn growers, the coming era of electric vehicles will upend jobs across the economy.

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An acrid smell hangs in the air at Trenton Forging Co. on the outskirts of Detroit as a 4,500 pound hammer slams a bar of red hot steel with enough force to shake the building.

A worker uses tongs to position the piece, heated to 2,200 degrees, under the hammer, then onto a conveyor belt. The process is repeated 7,000 times a day at the 90-employee plant, resulting in fuel rails that feed gasoline to injectors.