15 Jul 2024
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IMI warns on EV tech availability disparity

There are very wide variations in the availability of EV-qualified technicians across the UK a new IMI report has found, and the organisation has warned that this risks running the EV bandwagon off the road.

Just seven local authorities can boast 10% or more EV-qualified techs, with 150 local authorities having under 2% of technicians qualified.

The study is contained within ‘Electric Evolution: Examining the Triumphs, Trials and Roadblocks of the UK’s Electric Vehicle Aftermarket’, which is being published by the IMI tomorrow (Tuesday 6 June).

Top 20 Local Authorities with EV Technicians
Croydon: 18.9%
Redditch: 14.4%
West Lancashire:  11.5%
Inverclyde:  11.2%
Winchester: 10.9%
Broadland: 10.7%
Cheltenham: 10%
North Hertfordshire: 9.8%
Rushmoor: 9.2%
Stevenage: 8.3%
Moray: 8.2%
Basingstoke & Deane: 7.7%
Perth and Kinross: 7.6%
Guildford: 6.9%
Rushcliffe: 6.8%
Pendle: 6.6%
South Tyneside: 5.9%
Worcester: 5.7%
Reading: 5.5%
Watford: 5.5%

Bottom 20 Local Authorities with EV Technicians
North East Derbyshire: 0.5%
Newry, Mourne and Down: 0.5%
Camden: 0.5%
Hackney: 0.5%
South Ribble: 0.5%
North Northamptonshire: 0.5%
Charnwood: 0.4%
Runnymede: 0.4%
Sunderland: 0.3%
Islington: 0.3%
Barrow-in-Furness: 0.2%
Copeland: 0.2%
Craven: 0.2%
Isles of Scilly: 0.2%
Knowsley: 0.2%
Maldon: 0.2%
Redcar and Cleveland: 0.2%
Rossendale: 0.2%
Shetland Islands: 0.2%
Thanet:  0.2%

IMI Research Manager Emma Carrigy commented: “Our data reveals the greatest proportion of EV qualified technicians in the automotive aftermarket workforce in some obvious locations such as London and the South East. However, it is a concern that there are also some big gaps in much of the central part of England as well as a number of London Boroughs.”

The study also considered access to EV qualified technicians in relation to the greatest concentration of charge points, and gaps were found here too, as Emma observed: “While the top two local authorities for public charge points – Westminster and City of London – probably don’t have a huge demand for technicians, the fact that all other local authorities with the most public charge points have less than 2% of their automotive workforce qualified to work on electric vehicles could seriously damage public confidence and undermine the transition to zero. However, this issue can be addressed. There are more than 235 centres in the IMI network that can deliver EV qualifications, providing a significant opportunity to fill the skills gap and keep technicians safe.”

The IMI expects 77,000 IMI TechSafe-qualified technicians will be needed by 2030, which will rise to 89,000 by 2032.

To read the report, visit: https://tide.theimi.org.uk/industry-latest/research/electric-evolution