RAA and MTA hold EV workshop for repair industry

1 March, 2024

RAA and the Motor Trade Association (MTA) have joined forces on an event to help the South Australian vehicle repair industry prepare for the rise of hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) technology.

More than 75 automotive repairers attended a ‘Future Ready’ information session on Wednesday evening at MTA’s headquarters, aimed at educating attendees on the opportunities for workshops amid the rise of low emissions vehicle technology.

It comes as RAA also recently began offering hybrid and EV-specific workshop hardware on a low-cost lease arrangement to its Approved Repairer Network, to help workshops begin servicing low-emissions vehicles without needing to fork out the up-front costs for specialised equipment.

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RAA Future Technology Expert Simon Halford said RAA is playing a leading role in helping SA’s automotive industry prepare for the rise of EVs.

“EV sales are doubling year-on-year and soon there are going to be thousands more on our roads needing to be serviced and maintained,” Mr Halford said.

“South Australian drivers know to look for an RAA Approved Repairer sign when booking their car in for a service, and we’re laying the groundwork to ensure this will still be the case when the family car is an electric vehicle.

“The ‘Future Ready’ event featured informative presentations on topics like the current vehicle market outlook, vehicle batteries, battery recycling and more, from presenters including RAA, MTA, BYD and EV Fire Safe.

“We hope all of our Approved Repairers who attended took home with them a lot of new knowledge, insights and inspiration for the future.

“Ultimately, it’s about making sure our Approved Repairer network is ready for the EV wave, so we can continue to provide the level of service that our 815,000 members expect.”

Motor Trade Association CEO Darrell Jacobs said helping the automotive industry prepare for new vehicle technology is a primary focus.

“The Motor Trade Association (MTA) is heavily engaged with government at all levels on the transition to Zero and Low Emission vehicles,” Mr Jacobs said.

“Assisting Automotive Business transition and reskilling our workforce of over 15,000 Automotive technicians is a key priority.”