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Auto Mechanics Might Be “Scared” To Work On EVs

EV-trained auto mechanics will soon be a growing need

  • An interviewed veteran mechanic thinks many of his counterparts are afraid of EVs.

  • At the moment, there are only a few trained professionals capable of doing the work.

The automotive industry is on the verge of opening the EV floodgates. Between now and 2023, dozens upon dozens of new EV models will be released by nearly all car manufacturers and before long, they will require servicing. While dealerships will provide training for its staff, what will become of independent shops and fleet services?

According to Klaus Uebelacker, a seasoned automotive tech, as reported by the National Observer, there are very few trained professionals who are capable of working on an electric vehicle. This is what he had to say: “Electric cars are coming fast, and we need to be prepared. The automotive industry, in my mind, is not prepared for it. Everybody is scared. Seriously, everybody is scared. They don’t understand the system.”

Uebelacker enrolled in the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) EV maintenance training program and completed the training before the pandemic. He called the program a “no-brainer” and recommends it to all mechanics.

Most mechanics who work for new car dealerships will likely be offered training ahead of the arrival of EVs so that they may service them. However, independent shop mechanics are the ones who should consider exploring training options as the knowledge will serve them and curb the fear of the unknown.

As far as Uebelacker is concerned, EVs are extremely appealing to perform maintenance on. In a regular internal combustion engine car, “you have so many things that turn, that are spinning, making noises, using oil, using gas, using spark,” he said. In an EV, however, “there’s nothing to it — just an electric motor and a little bit of brains.”

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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