Demand for electric and hybrid vehicles continues to be shaped by changing regulatory regimes worldwide. The sales of new petrol and diesel cars would be banned in most countries from 2030 onwards and this brings major changes also to the aftermarket. Autodata’s online workshop application is used by over 85,000 workshops worldwide, giving valuable insight into service trends. Between 2019 and 2021, usage of the wiring diagrams module increased by 46%, while usage of the Diagnostic Trouble Code search increased by 33%.
In 2021, the most-serviced electric vehicle worldwide was the Nissan Leaf (2010-2018), followed by the Renault ZOE, Tesla Model S and Tesla Model 3. Other brands represented in the top 10 include BMW, Volkswagen and Kia.
As first and second-generation electric vehicles continue to age and begin to require road tests, we will see technicians increasingly asked to be electricians and even computer scientists, diagnosing issues with digital systems and firmware in vehicles that are quite a different technology.
Autodata is ensuring workshops to have the tools they need by continuing to add mild hybrid, plug-in-hybrid and electric vehicles into our online workshop application that technicians can use to look up wiring diagrams, engine bay layout and more.
In 2019, Autodata acquired AutoMate Training – now known as Autodata Training – which provides online technical training and professional development via its web platform. Recently added training topics have included control module power and ground circuit checks, solenoid diagnosis, knock sensors and keyless entry systems, all designed to provide up-to-date training on Hybrids and EVs as well as petrol and diesel variants.
Many workshops are facing challenges to remain competitive in the aftermarket. Failing to learn hot to work on hybrid and EV vehicles, workshops will be soon left behind. Here Autodata can support them with comprehensive collection of diagnostic and repair data, as well as with online training courses, which are giving the workshops the tools they need to service and repair a wider range of vehicles and to avoid costly rework.
For more information on Autodata’s workshop application or to try it yourself, visit https://www.svetkom.si/autodata.html.