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EV & Hybrid skills boost

By autotech-nath on September 11, 2023

LKQ Academy has committed to upskilling another 1,000 technicians in servicing hybrid and Electric Vehicles by the end of 2023, having already trained more than 2,000 technicians in the past twelve months. The news was announced following GIPA data that revealed one in two drivers have changed their repairer since purchasing an EV.

Bob Wiffen, Workshop Solutions Director at LKQ Euro Car Parts, said: “The direction of travel on hybrids and EVs is clear – around half of all new cars sold now are plug-in, up from one in 10 vehicles in 2019. Garages that act fast to upskill their workforce will retain their loyal customers as they upgrade to newer, cleaner technologies – at the same time as attracting hybrid and EV drivers from the competition.”

Available at several locations, including Doncaster, Tamworth and Southampton, ‘Becoming an EV Garage’ is a new two-day training course on how to make hybrid and EV servicing and maintenance a profitable workstream. There are also two new practical courses for technicians who are already trained in level 4 and looking to become specialists in HV repair. One is focused on problem solving, analysis, diagnosis and repair for high voltage systems, with the second course focused on high voltage batteries.

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