The UK will suffer from a lack of trained electric vehicle technicians as the market turns increasingly away from fossil fuel-powered transport. And the Institute of the Motor Industry is calling on the government to ensure the sustainability of businesses servicing and repairing these new vehicles.
The IMI points out that only 3% of all vehicle technicians are currently qualified to work safely on EVs, and that the vast majority of those work in manufacturers’ franchised dealerships. That means few technicians in the independent service and repair sector are qualified or equipped to work safely on the high-voltage systems of electric vehicles.
“It’s vital that government recognises the new skills requirements needed to underpin the successful move to this new technology, which is entirely different to the skills required to service and repair internal combustion engines,” says Steve Nash, IMI chief executive.