According to the Detroit Free Press, General Motors is a technology company that makes cars and the skills its employees had yesterday are continuously becoming outdated.

Experts say that is the underlying message of GM CEO Mary Barra's move on Oct. 31 to offer voluntary buyouts to GM's North American salaried workers with 12 or more years of experience with the company.

GM is signaling a change in vehicle technology.  If they go into electric more rapidly, then they do not need the same engineers they have now.

The advent of electric vehicles has profound implications for employment in the auto industry's competition and the skill sets needed to compete.