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Approximately 241,000 people work in the development of hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid, electric, hydrogen, and fuel cell vehicles, according to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute. Vehicle manufacturing workers can find jobs with both domestic automakers, such as the Big Three (Ford, General Motors, Chrysler), and with foreign automakers like Mitsubishi and Honda, which both have large assembly plants in the United States. Assembly plants are generally located in or near large cities, especially in the Northeast and Midwest where heavy manufacturing is concentrated. Parts production plants vary in size, from a few dozen workers to several hundred. Employees of these plants may all work on one small part or on several parts that make up one component of an automobile or other type of vehicle. Parts production plants are located in smaller towns as well as in urban areas.

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