15 Jul 2024
The voice of the independent garage sector

EV training must continue regardless of any 2030 shift

Commenting on the vital need to make sure a greater number of technicians undertake EV training, regardless of the 2030 ban on the sale of new internal combustion engine vehicles moving or not, IMI CEO Steve Nash said: “The government has a difficult job to do to balance the UK’s ability to be ready for the 2030 deadline with the hard to ignore environmental threats. The lack of a strong strategy to date for UK-based control of the supply chain is certainly raising questions about the vulnerabilities this could create for our economy and infrastructure.

“However, if the government acknowledges its miscalculation and moves the deadline it is absolutely crucial that this is not seen as a ‘free pass’ to delay investment in infrastructure and training.

“Our latest data already shows that we are already behind the trajectory needed to have an automotive aftermarket workforce EV-ready. The number of newly qualified EV technicians in the first three months of this year is actually 10% lower than the same period in 2022. Even more concerning is our projection that for the second quarter there will be a decline of 31% in technicians obtaining EV qualifications compared to Quarter 2 2022.

“The IMI predicts that by 2030 the UK will require 107,000 IMI TechSafe qualified technicians to meet the evolving demands of the growing parc of electric vehicles. This figure rises to 139,000 by 2032, with our projections indicating a potential shortfall of 25,000 technicians if the current trends persist.”

Steve added: “Any change in government strategy over the 2030 deadline must not, therefore mean investment in training can be paused.”