IMI supports Lucas-Nülle’s EV report

A paper released last week by Lucas-Nülle has received support from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), for electric vehicle (EV) training to become a key focus for vehicle technicians.

After hosting the world’s first skills competition on high voltage vehicles at SkillsUSA, Lucas-Nülle has voiced its concerns for the safety of technicians after finding the majority of competitors had limited knowledge of what’s required to work safely on electrically-propelled vehicles.

Providing recommendations that could help to avoid unqualified people repairing the potentially deadly technology, Lucas-Nülle examined the training and regulation that other countries have adopted to reduce the impact that new technology is having on the sector – including the skills gap affecting the next generation.

Lucas-Nülle mentions in particular the work of the IMI in its efforts to lobby the UK government to invoke a mandatory Licence to Practise for UK technicians working on EVs based on IMI standards. In the UK government’s strategy paper Road to Zero, published in July, the IMI is cited as the lead organisation working with the Department for Transport and Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to ensure all technicians have the necessary accredited skills in servicing electric vehicles.

The Lucas-Nülle report emphasised that technicians must be trained as a matter of urgency if they are to avoid serious harm, but, Lucas-Nülle went on to clarify that this doesn’t mean unaffordable training costs – rather – just simply ensuring the vital safety aspects are covered in any class.