Technicians in the ATS Euromaster network of tyre and maintenance centres have undergone IMI accredited training to work on hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) safely.
The training makes them aware of crucial hazards they may potentially encounter. The ATS technicians can now work on replacing the tyres on electric passenger cars and vans plus aligned services such as balancing and wheel alignment.
Mark Holland, operations director at ATS Euromaster, said they are also able to re-gas both types of air conditioning units and carry out MOTs on both hybrids and EVs.
“The next stage will be training technicians to work around high and low voltage electrical systems, while carrying out repairs and maintenance to braking and suspension systems,” added Holland. “This is phase two of our EV ready roll out.”
ATS recognised its technicians need new skills as volumes of EVs sold in the UK continue to grow.
“Clearly electric vehicles with high voltage batteries represent a safety hazard and can cause either severe burns or fatalities if incorrectly handled.
“The training they have received means they now have the knowledge to understand the dangers surrounding electric vehicles and the precautions they need to take in order to avoid potential injury. This training will position us to service our customers both now and in the future," said Holland.
ATS Euromaster has more than 250 centres, and last year it expanded its mobile service van operation to more than 155 vehicles which can go out to visit customers and service their vehicles at their workplace or homes.