The Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has endorsed the Institute of the Motor Industry’s (IMI) TechSafeTM standards for people working on electrified vehicles. This will mean that electrified vehicle users can access the IMI Professional Register to check the electric vehicle technical competencies of technicians at their local garage. OLEV believes this is a crucial step in giving car buyers confidence that their electric vehicle can be serviced, maintained and repaired by a garage with the right skills – removing a key barrier to EV adoption.
Minister of State for the Future of Transport, George Freeman, MP said: “Electrification of vehicles is happening and we want to make sure that drivers have confidence that their vehicles can be maintained and serviced to the highest standard. Safety will always be our first priority and building a sector equipped to manage the increasing demand of electrified vehicles is key.
“Today’s launch of the IMI TechSafeTM standards is a crucial step in providing electric car buyers with extra assurance and towards achieving a zero-emission future.”
Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI added: “As we advance towards a zero-emission future, the technology that technicians will be coming into contact with on a daily basis is changing – resulting in high voltage electrics becoming commonplace.
“Those who aren’t properly trained or equipped to work on electrified vehicles would be risking serious injury or potentially fatal shock, which is why we are delighted the Office for Low Emission Vehicles has given their endorsement to our Electrified Vehicle Standards, under the IMI TechSafeTM banner. The IMI Professional Register will include a list of technicians meeting EV TechSafeTM standards so that any motorist can check that technicians at their local garage are able to work on their vehicle safely.
“There are considerable challenges when it comes to ensuring staff are properly trained and qualified to work on electrified vehicles which pose a significant safety risk. The EV Professional Standard is a significant step forward to address these concerns, and it will not stand still. The EV TechSafeTM standard will evolve with the technology and the needs of the motor retail industry, “added Steve Nash.
Training offered through all providers, in addition to the IMI, will be eligible for the accreditation scheme.