Growing popularity of electric vehicles reflects importance of training

While still a small percentage of total automobile sales, electric vehicles are growing in popularity, which highlight the importance of continued training for automotive service professionals. In fact, EVs are outselling hybrid vehicles, according to a Herman Trend Alert.

Since their initial introduction, some EVs have extended their range and the price has lowered, making them more accessible to drivers. Plug-in hybrids are also considered EVs, because they can draw power from an electronic grid.

Advancements in technology supporting EV market growth
EVs are more popular in the U.S. than any other country with 71,174 units sold. Car companies and governments have invested heavily in research and development to improve the battery life in EVs, and they are less expensive to charge. Since many major manufacturers offer electric models, the costs have come down and the government is encouraging EV sales with tax incentives and improvements to infrastructure, the popularity of these cars is expected to continue.

However, the growth of EV sales is not predicted to grow indefinitely because these vehicles are still limited to 100-mile distances. Some drivers will need to drive farther, and this could make hybrids a more attractive choice. In either case, these vehicles are becoming more common, and automotive service professionals may need additional training to be able to work on these cars.

Automotive service professionals need advanced training
The federal government offers tax rebates to people who purchase EVs, and there has been an increase in the number of charging stations, which is also supporting the growing popularity. Sales have grown rapidly in the past three years, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal.

Drivers who own EVs are more likely to drive shorter distances and be more environmentally conscious, which reflects the larger trend of people being more concerned with reducing carbon emissions.

Since EVs and some hybrids are fueled by a power grid and rely on batteries rather than gasoline, they can be more complicated to service and repair. Automotive service professionals will need to continue their training and education to be able to help their customers maintain their vehicles. As people continue to become more conscious about greenhouse gas emissions, alternative-fuel vehicles may grow in popularity, which could shake up the aftermarket care industry.