Globally, automotive manufacturers are planning to invest $AU418 billion in relation to electric vehicles (EV) in the next few years and more investments will be made on top of that with the introduction of autonomous vehicle technology. The amount of money going into the development of the vehicles of the future is nothing short of staggering.
Electric vehicles aren’t the only contenders though and a recent report from Roy Morgan, which surveyed more than 50,000 people, shows a slight increase in consumers considering a petrol-electric combo for their next vehicle. As hybrids become more affordable and advanced, reducing the fear of ‘range anxiety’ for consumers, they have become a strong contender for those looking at purchasing a new vehicle.
The Roy Morgan survey does show however that 60 per cent of respondents still plan on buying a petrol-only vehicle in the near future, signifying the need for conventional repair and servicing training to not be neglected by the automotive industry. Despite this, the Electric Vehicle Council says that EVs will likely be cheaper than internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles by the mid-2020s and with companies planning to phase out ICE vehicles in the next two decades, the industry will need to be prepared for this change.
Mercedes-Benz is one company embracing the changes and announced their 20 year business strategy in May. The strategy calls for a target of more than 50 per cent of its new vehicle sales to be plug in hybrid or full electric by 2030, with all of their engines featuring some kind of hybrid technology by 2025.
In relation to one of the most popular brands in Australia at the moment, Toyota, almost 60 per cent of Camry’s and 30 per cent of Corolla’s are now hybrids, according to Toyota Australia Sales and Marketing Chief, Sean Hanley. Toyota also claims that the new RAV4 hybrid will soon make up at least 40 per cent of that model’s sales.
The MTA’s CEO Paul Unerkov said, “We really are at the forefront of technological change. People think this technology is miles away but electric and hybrid vehicles are already here and will be seen more on our roads, as will autonomous and possibly even hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.”
“There are a number of opportunities in the industry that are approaching us and they are exciting changes we need to embrace. Businesses and the next generation of Automotive Technicians should be getting behind these changes too and recognising the potential for training and employment opportunities of the near future.”
We are leaders in hybrid and electric vehicle training, important skills necessary in light of recent automotive curriculum reviews that showed businesses will regard automotive electrical training higher than in previous decades.
The MTA’s Training and Employment Centre at Royal Park offers hybrid battery and electric vehicle short and five day courses coming up in August, September and October this year.
The courses cover topics such as safe work practices in relation to electric vehicles, electrical systems, HEV/ BEV components, electricity principles, diagnosing and repairing high voltage rechargeable battery energy storage systems, depowering and reinitialising of battery electric vehicles and general servicing.For more information on our battery electric and hybrid vehicle short course, click here. For more information on our battery electric and hybrid vehicle 5 day course, click here or call 8241 0522.