By 2025, the UK fleet vehicle industry is expected to account for 75% of all electric cars on the road.
Faced with the increasing need to decarbonise road transport, local authorities and organisations are expected to set the standard for the electric revolution, and many are already electrifying their fleets.
However, a lack of essential electric/hybrid vehicle training could render fleet electrification a ‘tick the box’ exercise for many organisations.
In a bid to remove this bottleneck, Autotech Training, the dedicated training division of Autotech Group, has created a suite of EV training options enabling an organisation to create a bespoke programme which directly meets their needs – from basic awareness training, which offers core knowledge to enable employees to work safely around EVs, through to IMI Level 4 electric/hybrid vehicle training which will enable fleet service managers to service and maintain an electric vehicle fleet.
The high voltage nature of electric vehicles introduces new hazards, therefore, as the sector continues to electrify its fleets, basic EV awareness training should be planned for all members of staff to enable them to safely work alongside these vehicles. In accordance with the Electricity at Work regulations, enforced by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) all employers have a responsibility to ensure that employees are adequately trained – otherwise they may find themselves liable.
Electric vehicle awareness training will provide employees with an introduction to the knowledge of safe working practices, the dangers surrounding EV’s, and the precautions required to avoid potential injury when near EVs.
Certified to teach IMI Levels 2 to 4 electric/hybrid vehicle training, Autotech Training can deliver training from their dedicated EV Training Suite within its Milton Keynes headquarters, or on the premises of any organisation to minimise downtime and employee travel expenses.
Autotech Group is the UK’s largest employment and training solutions provider for the automotive aftermarket. Its training suite has the capacity to teach a group of employees on an EV course at any one time, and also features an electric car for hands-on learning.
“It is vital that employees, whether they will drive an electric fleet vehicle or not, receive training to ensure they can safely work alongside EVs,” comments Mandla Ndhlovu, Training Delivery Director for Autotech Training. “We can work with any organisation to create an EV training programme to suit their exact needs. All courses are delivered by highly-experienced trainers and feature an electric vehicle, to not only provide awareness, but offer a hands-on approach to learning.”
For further information on Autotech Training visit www.autotechrecruit.co.uk/training
As featured in Issue 1 (2022) of Essential Fleet Manager Magazine