Local developments in relation to the manufacturing, assembly and servicing of electric vehicles present exciting opportunities that South Australians must embrace or risk being impacted by the threat they may pose if businesses don’t adapt to change.
True, members still need to be servicing the vehicles of today, but advances in technology and innovation demonstrate what is coming and how your business will need to adapt to the vehicles available to consumers now and into the near future. We must also look at to how these will have an impact on training requirements and opportunities that you must embrace or risk being left behind.
According to the Electric Vehicle Council, some key electric vehicle facts showing the impact they will have on businesses and consumers in the next few years are:
- EVs will likely be cheaper than Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles by the mid-2020s.
- The latest EVs on the market under $50,000 have a range of almost 500km before needing to be recharged. With the average Australian driving just 38km per day and with new quick charging options available, the reasons to make the switch are increasing.
- China is currently the world’s biggest EV market, seeing 580,000 EVs sold in 2017, while in Norway, half of new cars sold are now EVs.
Locally in South Australia, two companies, ACE EV and EVANT, are bringing manufacturing and vehicle assembly back to our state, utilising our manufacturing knowledge and skills base.
Australian Clean Energy Electric Vehicle Group (ACE EV), has signed a deal with Aldom Motor Body Builders to assemble a range of EVs in Wingfield from next year with the company hoping to eventually assemble up to 10,000 to 15,000 vehicles per year in Australia, some of which to be exported overseas.
The vehicles will be assembled from just 72 parts, all arriving from a manufacturing partner in China. These parts include moulded carbon-reinforced plastics and ABS plastic outer panels but ultimately, ACE EV says they would eventually like the carbon fibre core of the vehicles to be made in Australia. This demonstrates why automotive body repairers and mechanical repairers in particular need to be aware of changes in vehicle assembly and repair requirements of future vehicles.
In addition to ACE EV bringing their business to Adelaide and expanding in Australia more broadly, the world’s biggest manufacturer of electric vehicles, BYD Co, will also soon set up shop in Adelaide’s north, partnering with SA-headquarted company, EVANT, to develop and deliver passenger cars from a 45,000 square metre facility in Edinburgh Parks.
EVANT has expressed the desire to build 5000 cars as soon as possible, utilising local South Australian knowledge, resources and creating an estimated 150 jobs. EVANT director, Christian Reynolds, said, “BYD will be tapping into our tech capability and knowledge base. We have a good resource pool and can build competitive cars.”
It is great to see that EVANT and BYD are utilising SA’s vehicle manufacturing knowledge and skills base.
Work on the EVANT badged cars will begin in July this year with three left-hand drive cars arriving from China to be rewired and reshaped for local driving conditions and manufacturing will steadily increase next year, with the first cars to be delivered in 2020. The first vehicles to be completed will be a seven seater SUV and a mid-sized family sedan, both with a range of 650km before needing to be recharged.
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. For information on the short course, click here. For information on the five days course, click here.For more information on our battery electric and hybrid vehicle courses, click here or call 8241 0522.