We are all aware that our climate is changing dramatically, and these changes are already having an impact on different areas of our lives, from the food we eat, to where we spend our holidays and free time, to what and how we drive.
More electric vehicle models than ever before...
All car manufacturers are rapidly developing their electric vehicle models - five times more electric vehicle models were available in 2022 than in 2015. It's not just cars, but all vehicles, from two-tonne vans to 44-tonne trucks. It is important to understand that not all electric vehicles are the same and that there is no universal solution. Some are developing in-wheel powertrains where an electric motor is installed on each wheel; others are taking a more conventional approach where a single motor draws power from a battery pack.
Current batteries will also evolve rapidly as progress in battery technology drives change as manufacturers look to reduce vehicle charging times. Charging infrastructures will also have a major impact. Changes are a constant and it is essential that anyone repairing or servicing vehicles is prepared for them.
Risks and opportunities for workshops
Whether it's a repair or a service, you'll need to change your approach. Remember, there are no oil changes, spark plugs, fuel filters, clutches or exhausts with electric vehicles - maintenance will focus on air filters, air conditioning, brake fluid and linings, even though the linings on an electric vehicle can be twice as durable as on a conventional internal combustion engine vehicle. Understanding electric vehicles and creating profit opportunities in the after-sales market will be a challenge. Those workshops and mechanics that embrace change will be successful, while others will face a reduction in the number of vehicles and therefore fewer opportunities to make a profit.
Extensive skills and knowledge deficits
The fact is that the huge majority of today's mechanics are currently not trained to work with electric vehicles. According to the UK IMI, only 3% of mechanics are fully trained in the maintenance and repair of electric vehicles, which represents a huge skills and knowledge deficit. Vehicle manufacturers are working hard to train their mechanics, but there is limited availability of high quality diagnostic and training information in the after-sales market.
Autodata is the first solution on the market
To help our customers navigate through complex changes and to benefit from over 50 years of experience, Autodata has introduced unlimited access to training and diagnostic videos on the platform as part of the standard package. More than 60 hours and 350 videos of customised content are available, covering the understanding, diagnosis and repair of new vehicle technologies, from ADAS to hybrids, all-electric and connected vehicles. This diagnostic video content provides an effective reference tool for mechanics to check their repairs against a wide database of information on OE vehicles at the appropriate time. Users benefit from a constantly evolving collection of videos designed by experts for experts to minimise disruption and minimise delays, while maximising the productivity and progression of mechanics.
Content is already available in English, French and Spanish, with more to follow soon. The video you want for a specific vehicle is just a click away. This makes Autodata a trusted partner for workshops to prepare their business for tomorrow's electric vehicle challenge.