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EV-branded business signs for qualified repairers

In response to growing demand for electrified vehicles and related services, the Motor Trade Association of South Australia and Northern Territory is introducing a new EV-branded business sign to provide reassurance for owners of electrified  vehicles that their local repairer has the necessary qualifications to do the work.

Ultra Tune franchisee David Banning (left) with MTA CEO  Darrell Jacobs

The introduction of this sign coincides with a surge of EV sales in South Australia, which has rocketed by nearly 400 per cent this year alone. 

EVs now make up 5.5 per cent of all new vehicle sales in the state, a substantial jump from just 0.45 per cent in 2021.

MTA CEO Darrell Jacobs underscored the importance of ensuring that EV owners have confidence in the servicing and repair of their vehicles. 

“More and more South Australians are choosing to drive an electric vehicle and it is important motorists have certainty that it will be adequately serviced or repaired,” he said.

In addition to addressing the needs of current EV owners, the introduction of the EV-branded sign will also benefit potential buyers of second-hand EVs. 

Approved technicians will be able to assess and advise potential buyers on the condition of the EV battery, enhancing transparency and peace of mind during the purchasing process.

To qualify for the “EV Ready” sign, businesses will need to adhere to safety and workshop equipment standards and complete a relevant MTA electric vehicle training course. 

This accreditation ensures that automotive professionals possess the necessary skills and expertise to effectively service and repair EVs.

Repairing electric vehicles presents distinct challenges in comparison to internal combustion engine vehicles, as issues can be more difficult to identify and necessitate the use of advanced scanning and diagnostic tools, as well as awareness of the risks involved when working when hundreds of volts in direct current are involved.

Emphasising the significance of safety, Mr Jacobs highlighted that “electric vehicles are different and it is important that motorists, automotive industry operators and our first responders are aware of the dangers and technology involved”.

David Banning, who owns two Ultra Tune workshops, recognises the significance of being qualified to handle the evolving automotive landscape. “Electric vehicles are only in their infancy, but it’s important for us as a business to be ahead of the game,” he said.

As the EV market continues to grow, initiatives like the MTA’s sign will play a crucial role in existing and potential owners of electrified vehicles.

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