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Nov 2016 | Electric vehicle training

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Halfords Autocentres today announces it will train one mechanic at each of its 300 centres in electric and hybrid maintenance by April 2018.

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Halfords Autocentres today announces it will train one mechanic at each of its 300 centres in electric and hybrid maintenance by April 2018.

The news comes as the Government announces a 35 million investment to boost the uptake of ultra-low emission cars, including installing thousands more electric vehicle charge points on the street and at work as the nation makes the switch to electric.

Leading the way in electric and hybrid car repair, Halfords Autocentres has committed to training technicians to develop the skills needed to service and maintain low carbon vehicles. According to official figures, the UK has seen a 250 per cent increase in the number of new ultra-low emission vehicles registered in the past 2 years*. There has also been an increase in the number of electric and plug-in hybrid models available in the UK, with most manufacturers now offering an electric car in their ranges.

Following a successful pilot scheme, Halfords Autocentres is now on course to train 180 colleagues to IMI Level 2 Award in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Operation and Maintenance (VRQ) by April. To date, the business has run five courses with a 100 per cent pass rate.

Specialised training for EVs is essential because electric cars can contain circuits running at more than three times the 230 volts found in the mains supply, posing a risk of electrocution and fire unless properly handled.