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Monday, 26 July 2021 22:23

How Are Electric Vehicles Affecting Repair Shops?

Written by Charged Fleet Staff
With the increasing market penetration of BEVs/HEVs and rapidly evolving technologies, independent repair shops who service these vehicles recognize the importance of keeping up with current information. With the increasing market penetration of BEVs/HEVs and rapidly evolving technologies, independent repair shops who service these vehicles recognize the importance of keeping up with current information. Noyafields/Flickr

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Of independent repair shops that service battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), 89% have seen an increase in the number of BEVs coming in for service, while 87% have seen an increase in HEVs, according to IMR Inc., a full-service automotive market research firm.

IMR on July 22 released its latest insights on how battery and hybrid electric vehicle service are affecdting independent repair shops. Between May 3 and June 30, IMR interviewed 1,000 independent repair shops in the U.S. to gain insight on their service of battery and hybrid electric vehicles and investment in specific tools, equipment and training for technicians to work on these newer vehicle technologies.

 

Three out of every 100 vehicles (3%) serviced at an average independent repair shop are BEVs, while HEVs account for 6% of the vehicles serviced.

 

Shops located in the West (8%) have nearly double the percentage of business from HEVs over shops located in the Midwest (4%). Of shops that service BEVs/HEVs, 70% do not specifically market or advertise that service.

 

But among all independent repair shops, only 28% of shops have invested in tools and equipment to specifically service BEVs/HEVs, while 31% of shops said they had invested in additional/specialized training for technicians, focused on electric or hybrid vehicles. Overall, larger shops (eight or more bays) made more investments in tools, equipment and training (49%) than...


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