12 Jul 2024
The voice of the independent garage sector

OE tools – An EV necessity

OE tools are needed for EVs. As of April 2023, there were over 760,000 fully electric cars on the UK’s roads. When an EV needs to visit a bodyshop following collision damage, it is required that the work is carried out at  a workshop that is EV-ready to ensure it is repaired safely and to the highest possible standards.
    
Becoming EV ready requires ongoing investment by the business in refresher courses to ensure their technicians, whether apprentices or experienced operators, have the necessary skills and knowledge to work on the vehicles. However, there is something even more important than the training that is required and that is the tools that perform the work.
    
Tools are the lifeblood of any good workshop, but they are especially important when working on EVs, which have to be serviced differently from their petrol and diesel counterparts. EVs must be shut down before they can be worked on, which is where OE tools are critical. The proper and correct processes to shutdown EVs are very well documented on OE tools whereas they are not recorded for aftermarket tools. In addition to this, it is important that technicians regularly undergo training to ensure they are up to date with the latest tools and updates.     
    
asTech tools have been designed to support repairers by managing the hardware and access to the OE tools they are using to work on EVs. This means that customers have peace of mind in knowing they have a remote solution that allows them to work safely on EVs and can easily diagnose, program, and calibrate the vehicle.