Globally, we are seeing uptake like never before, with EVs now outselling regular vehicles in places like Norway – but how did they get there?
While advocates may spruik a ‘build it and they will come’ mantra, EVs are well and truly already here, it’s now the infrastructure and incentives that government need to push forward with.
“Even as a non-EV dealer currently, we’re getting enquires quite regularly and can see in government-owned spaces that big cash investment into infrastructure is happening,” said Paul Page of Peter Page Hyundai.
With the previously cited issues of charging range and fleet options improving rapidly, Australians are becoming more receptive to the idea of making their daily driver an electric vehicle and businesses are starting to prepare.
“Now we’ve been approved to open as a Blue-Drive facility (an EV dealer), we will need to invest in tooling and training, so maybe six to 12 months of getting setup,” said Paul.
“The realisation now is that electric vehicles are the way of the future and in some Scandinavian countries the public will be driving 100% electric vehicles within the next few years.”
With more and more EVs and hybrid vehicles coming into workshops, the MTA is getting on the front foot by offering South Australia’s only electric vehicle course to equip technicians with the specialised skills needed to effectively service and repair HEV/BEVs.
The Registered Training Organisation (RTO) also hopes to have an EV-focused apprenticeship on offer by the end of the year, ensuring the next generation of automotive experts are entering the industry with the latest knowledge to work on all vehicle types.