With the growing popularity of electric vehicles, it’s no wonder that major dealerships and training companies are teaming up to work with technicians and automotive service students to service electric vehicles. These vehicles have very different materials and parts than gasoline-powered cars.
Instead of training new employees, Ford and other dealerships are working together to create a quick guide for high school and college students to learn about electric vehicles and how they work, during school hours.
The production of electric vehicles is increasing
By 2030, experts estimate that more than 5 million electric vehicles will be produced each year. So far, we have not reached this number because demand has not been met. There are still many people skeptical about these smart style cars. Not only that, but electric vehicles are still too expensive for low to middle income consumers. However, the costs associated with producing an electric vehicle are steadily and rapidly decreasing.
Thanks to government tax incentives and lower manufacturing costs for electric vehicle batteries, production is increasing. However, the demands cannot be met without having enough auto technicians who know how to repair these styles of vehicles. Not only that, but as more battery charging stations are installed nationwide, electric vehicle producers will need more and more technicians who know how to repair these stations in an emergency. .
EV Technicians Are Different From Gasoline Automotive Technicians
The biggest problem faced by electric vehicle companies is that there is a clear distinction between electric vehicles and those that are still entirely gasoline-powered. The maintenance and repair of each vehicle is very different. These various problems are important issues because EV technicians are not readily available. In fact, electric vehicle experts are still finding solutions to these problems because the industry is relatively new.
For example, batteries for electric vehicles are made with different types of raw materials depending on the brand. The more expensive the auto parts, the more difficult they are to repair. These delicate repair and maintenance procedures should be studied further.
Ford and multiple dealerships work together to provide proper training
Several dealerships alongside Ford have partnered to create the Sponsor Our Students program. During this program, high school students build and repair electric vehicles while learning essential life skills such as confidence, training and adult techniques.
From what we know, participating dealerships are numerous and include approximately 1,000 Ford and Lincoln dealerships across North America. This pilot program for beginners still has a long way to go before it is regularly accepted everywhere.
So far, the grant program kicks off with 3,600 interested students. However, Ford wants about 5,000 students by the end of 2022 and is steadily meeting that goal by improving classrooms and curriculum requirements. Ford invests approximately thousands of dollars per student, although it does not cost the students who participate.
Technically, this program is a money saver for dealerships, and it’s perfect since training for these types of cars takes about 5-8 years. Students are expected to become senior technicians for Ford upon completion of the program.
In conclusion, Ford is working to meet the expectations and needs of the electric vehicle industry by offering high school and college students a free program. The program trains students to become senior technicians in just four years.
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