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John Yoswick

John YoswickJohn Yoswick is a freelance automotive writer based in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing about the collision industry since 1988. He is the editor of the weekly CRASH Network (for a free 4-week trial subscription, visit www.CrashNetwork.com).


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Monday, 03 May 2021 21:35

CIC Speakers Discuss Employment Issues Related to Vaccines, Fire-Related Concerns with EVs

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Chairman Darrell Amberson said the April CIC meeting was among the first national industry gatherings held in-person since the start of the pandemic and was “absolutely terrific.” Chairman Darrell Amberson said the April CIC meeting was among the first national industry gatherings held in-person since the start of the pandemic and was “absolutely terrific.”

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...“finalizing some requirements for where battery packs are to be stored, how far they need to be apart when they are stored when they are out of the vehicle.”

 

Quarto was asked what body shops should look for in an electric vehicle charging station for their shop. He said most EVs will be compatible with any 220-volt charger that is SAE J 1772 compliant.

 

“It’s considered to be a Level 2 charger,” he said, which can charge most vehicles in four or five hours, as compared to a 110-volt charger that will require two or three times that long. “There are some other options, fast-charging, but typically a shop isn’t going to need a fast charger. They’re very expensive. The J 1772 chargers are anywhere from $300 to $800, maybe $1,000.”

 

It will require a dedicated 220-volt circuit, he said.

 

“Nothing else on there. Otherwise the charger will get tripped all the time,” Quarto said.

 

Another speaker during the discussion of EVs at CIC mentioned shops may want a forklift to load or unload EV battery packs into or from delivery vehicles. Willett said forklifts are another item to discuss with your business insurer.

 

“We haven’t had those in many shops, and for those in the collision repair industry thinking about having a forklift, there’s a lot of additional training and safety requirements,” he said.

 

CIC Among First In-Person Meetings

 

The discussion took place during the first of the quarterly CIC meetings held in-person since January of last year. Organizers said about 130 people attended the meeting in Phoenix---about half as many as is typical---but the meeting was open to “virtual attendees” as well.

 

“We’ve been very anxious to get back to a live scenario,” CIC Chairman Darrell Amberson said at the conclusion of the first day of the two-day meeting. “We knew there were some risks with that. We knew that hardly anyone else in the industry is meeting live. But we also felt like somebody has to be the first to jump off the dock. I’ll say right now, the water feels pretty darn good. It’s been absolutely terrific.”

 

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