EV training soars by 300%

LKQ Euro Car Parts has reported that demand for its IMI-accredited EV and hybrid training has increased by more than 300% in just two years.

So far in 2022, LKQ Euro Car Parts – through its LKQ Academy – has already trained more than 1,280 technicians to work with pure electric and hybrid vehicles.

Another 500 EV and hybrid training seats have already been booked this year, and there are more than 300 additional spaces still available across more than 20 LKQ Academy locations throughout the UK and Ireland.

The number of seats filled in 2022 to date represents more than a 300% increase on 2020’s annual total.

Since the start of 2020, LKQ Euro Car Parts has upskilled more than 3,000 technicians working in independent garages to work with hybrids and EVs.

Bob Wiffen, workshop solutions director at LKQ Euro Car Parts said: “We understand that small businesses are having a difficult time at the moment, and are doing everything we can to support. But while there are undoubtably challenges to deal with in the present, aftermarket operators have to have one eye on the future. And critically, the future has arrived.

“Hybrids are increasingly commonplace in the independent aftermarket, and EVs won’t be far behind, once they start coming out of warranty at scale.

“Independent garages are already widely acknowledged to be ahead of the dealerships on quality of service and value for money.

“Now is the time to upskill, so that they can keep pace with a customer base that’s evolving. Those that move first will enjoy a competitive advantage locally, at least for the time being.”