Vehicle technicians need to train in electric & hybrid tech


With the number of electric vehicles on our roads set to soar according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and a 35 per cent increase in the number of battery electric vehicles on the UK’s roads in the year to March 2019 and set to rise, who is going to repair and maintain them if the oily rag is being made redundant?

With these new cars come new approaches to vehicle maintenance, and the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has highlighted a significant shortfall in the number of technicians currently trained in electric vehicle technology.

Nuneaton-based MIRA Technology Institute  is now offering a range of short courses designed to plug this gap and provide accredited training that covers topics including safety, hazard management, maintenance, system repair and replacement.

Lisa Bingley, operations director at the MIRA Technology Institute, “The automotive industry is facing a revolution that is similar in scale to what followed the invention of the internal combustion engine. In 1934, when modern motoring was in its infancy, there were 2.5 million cars in the UK. Fast forward 85 years and this now reflects the number of electric and hybrid vehicles on our roads alone.

“The pre-war skills market for repair and maintenance was based on roadside assistance provided by mechanics on bicycles and the blacksmiths shop was the go-to place for repairs. The leap we are now making between conventional automotive engineering and electric vehicles is of the same magnitude as that between horsepower and the first cars.”

The MIRA Technology Institute is rolling out a new series of short courses designed for organisations that may have introduced electric vehicles into their fleet for the first time, as well as for vehicle technicians throughout the Tier 1 supply chain who need to adapt and upskill for this important technology. The courses are particularly designed to meet the needs of the retail automotive sector and the emergency services.