HYBRID AND ELECTRICAL VEHICLES – WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY?

Following the announcement by the EU to cease all diesel production vehicles, Hybrid/Electrical Vehicles (HEV’s) sales have increased tenfold.  The large manufacturers have taken note and are now busy developing Full Electric Vehicles (FEV).  It is no longer a case of ‘if’, it is simply ‘when’ will HEV become the norm.

What happened? Back in 2006 Hybrid vehicles started to appear on our roads.  The petrol/electric combination created an entirely new market. At the time it was dominated by Toyota’s Prius model, however, since then we have seen other brands follow suit and take market share, with two examples being Nissan, with the Leaf, and Mitsubishi, with the PHEV.

Tesla has been leading the FEV field but all of the major brands, including Audi, Ford, General Motors, BMW and even luxury brands like Porsche and Range Rover, are moving into this market. F1 has introduced the Formula E Championships to lead the next generation of technology within the car industry.

Whatever happens now we cannot ignore the biggest motor industry change in 50 years.

Technicians must evolve to have a greater understanding of the new technology being presented to them in the workshops. The Secretary of State for the Department of Transport has advised that a framework be put in place so all technicians, and members of the Emergency Services, know how to make any HEV safe.

Did you as a child lick a 9V battery for fun?  Did you get that tingle which made you smile? It was 9V and AC.  A HEV typically produces around 50000V of DC, easily enough to end the life of an untrained person should they attempt to change or alter the vehicle without specialist training.

At MOT Expert we offer a Direct Level 3 Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Course to ensure you and your staff are trained to deal with a HEV safely while reducing the risk to everyone within the workshop, and on the public highways.  Our course incorporates the Level 1 and Level 2 HEV qualifications so it not only saves time but also cost to your business.

The Direct Level 3 Hybrid and Electric Vehicle (HEV) course is designed for all technicians who intend to do any maintenance work on a HEV.

As mentioned it has been proposed by the DVSA that all technicians must hold a Level 3 qualification before undertaking any work on any HEV as it covers the safety element of working with a HEV and the non-voltage components and systems.  During the course technicians will learn how to safely carry out diagnostic, testing and repairs to a HEV, including working on vehicles that have received damage to the electrical system.

  • Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Components and operation
  • Hazards within a HEV
  • Reducing risk
  • Safe preparation of a HEV
  • Working safely on a HEV
  • Carrying out repairs on high voltage electrical systems
  • Removal and replacement of components

Take our Hybrid quiz today or call us on 01604 422700 and speak to one of our experts to register your interest and join us on our next Hybrid course.

 

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