In our latest Big Read on Electric Vehicles (EVs), we looked at how the UK’s electric car parc is set to gain pace over the next decade and what this means for workshops.
We’ve now compiled our top ten recommendations on how workshops can power up their EV services:
- Low output training: basic EV awareness training should be completed by all dealership or retailer staff.
- Supercharged training: for ‘de-energising’ and the repairing of HV systems, model specific training will be required.
- A surge in expertise: for High Voltage (HV) battery repairs technicians should be qualified to HV Expert level.
- Equipped for the basics: basic maintenance and tooling can be used for many HV system components.
- Charging up the specialist equipment: specialist insulated tooling and workshop equipment is required when removing and working on the HV battery.
- Avoiding shocks to the system: health and safety awareness is paramount when dealing with EV vehicles.
- Safety first: always ensure full risk assessments have been undertaken and qualified first aiders are in place before working on EV vehicles.
- Only experts enter here: workshops should have a dedicated area for the repair of HV vehicles and allow only qualified technicians to work on faulty HV vehicles.
- MOT/Service schedule: no change here! It’s no different to the regular checks scheduled in for current vehicles.
- There are some differences, but it’s good news: for instance, with no oil or oil filters to change and longer lasting brakes due to the e-motor assist function for full electric and hybrids, running costs should be lower than conventional vehicles.