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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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...the automaker via a standalone WiFi network, separate from that used to run the business or to provide connectivity for customers.

 

“We want to leave them there in that area until we are done with all those preliminary processes,” Mostul said. “Having it separate allows us not to jeopardize accuracy by trying to maintain the same flow we use elsewhere in production.”

 

Scheduling of EVs is also done differently.

 

“Every incoming drivable job gets put on a list, and instead of scheduling by date, we’ll notify them when we have all the parts, and then bring them in for repairs,” Mostul said. “That may mean an EV written later may jump ahead of one brought in earlier. But we keep in contact with our customers throughout the process.”

 

While actual repair and paint work are currently done in the shop’s other buildings, that will change as the company plans to build the capability to do it within the EV center, Mostul said.

 

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Blueprinter Sophia Goodrich prepares an estimate on a Tesla in for repairs.

 

While some of the company’s other mechanical work is done it in its other buildings, its lead mechanic, and its scanning and calibration work, are in the EV center.

 

“We want to do as much as we can in-house, both so we can control it to make sure it’s done right, and also for cycle time, so we don’t have to take something to a dealership, which has extra days and costs associated with it,” Mostul said.

 

The EV center’s charging stations are programmable, allowing charging to generally take place overnight, when energy rates are lower. All vehicles are fully charged the night before they are to be delivered.

 

“Because of how we’ve positioned ourselves, it’s not unusual to have someone come from 200 or 300 miles away have their car fixed here,” Mostul said. “So it’s important we return the EV to them fully charged, and triple-checked to make sure everything is like new.”

 

Mostul said he sees his company’s EV center as a logical step in the changing nature of the collision industry’s work.

 

“Being a body man is now so much than it used to be,” he said. “A bigger and bigger portion of the bill is related to the work you do with a computer at the diagnostic rate. You really need the right facility with people who are good at that. That’s what we’ve tried to build here.”

 

 

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