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Wednesday, 03 March 2021 23:41

Artistic Auto Body in Oregon Set for Expanding Electric Vehicle Population with Stand-Alone EV Center

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Five charger-equipped stalls for blueprinting allow teardown, OEM procedure research, estimating and parts ordering to be completed before EVs move to storage or into production. Five charger-equipped stalls for blueprinting allow teardown, OEM procedure research, estimating and parts ordering to be completed before EVs move to storage or into production.

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...a large storage area of stacked and labeled bins where such parts can be safely stored and kept clean.

 

Damaged parts to be replaced are stored on carts near the parts delivery area---all the Tigard location parts are now delivered to the EV center, reducing truck and part congestion at its two other buildings---to be mirror-matched as new parts are delivered.

 

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Technician Kyle Liddane performs a structural repair on a Tesla Model 3 in one of the three aluminum bays at Artistic Auto Body’s location in Tigard, OR.

 

The space the EV center offers also enables Artistic to expedite repairs by stocking some of the most common EV vehicle fasteners and other parts---even some bumpers, rebars and fenders---that may not be immediately available locally for some models. Parts delays, though far less of an issue than they were in the past, were another consideration Mostul had in mind when adding the EV center.

 

“I just don’t like having an electric vehicle sitting outside in the wet and the cold, even if covered in plastic,” Mostul said. “It’s bad for the battery. So having inside storage here in the EV center has been wonderful for keeping them much, much safer. And the customers love knowing the vehicles are stored inside too.”

 

Mostul said EV repair production also has a slightly different “tempo” than work on other vehicles. There’s more involved in disassembly for blueprinting and more diagnostic work upfront, for example.

 

For everyone involved in working on the vehicles---estimators, technicians, parts staff and even detailers---there’s a learning curve that only steepens if they’re working on EVs only occasionally amongst a regular flow of other vehicles, he said. The EV center allows those employees to specialize in those vehicles.

 

“We started with a blueprinter, taking them out of the other building and saying, ‘You’re just going to focus on these vehicles,’” Mostul said. “And the minute we did that, boom, things really started getting traction.”

 

The EV center includes five stalls for blueprinting, allowing for a mid-tech to be disassembling one vehicle as an estimator prepares the paperwork for another. Parts and OEM procedure research can be completed on the other vehicles before they are moved to storage or into production.

 

All the cars can be fully charged via charging stations in that area, as well as connected to...


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