Tools for electric and hybrid vehicles
Tool manufacturer Facom is introducing a new range dedicated to the safe maintenance and repair of hybrid and electric vehicles. Known as the EVT (Electric Vehicle Tools) range, these insulated tools have been designed specifically to protect mechanics working on electric and hybrid vehicles. The "high voltage" systems in these vehicles can have up to 500 volts running through some cables – enough to cause serious harm or even death.
Facom has drawn on more than 25 years’ experience of manufacturing 1,000 volt insulated tools to produce the EVT range. All insulated tools made at its plant in Laissey, France, comply with EN 60900 and are tested individually at 10,000 volts for 10 seconds at a time.
The range comprises a full complement of insulated tools suitable for working on hybrid and electric vehicles, including ratchets, sockets, screwdrivers, spanners, T-wrenches and pliers. An insulated torque wrench is also available. Additionally Facom provides latex insulation gloves, protective outer gloves and a secure roller cabinet.
An important safety feature of the EVT tool range is the two-step colour code system. If any of the orange-coloured outer insulation material is missing, a bright yellow interior is exposed, clearly indicating to the technician that the tool is no longer safe for use.
Mindful of safety at all times, Facom has also included a chain and post set to cordon off workshop areas where work on hybrid and electric vehicles is taking place.
Ali Howard, UK marketing manager for Facom, says: “With the increasing number of hybrid and electric vehicles on the road, the demand from workshops for insulated tools has grown significantly. The new EVT range was developed in consultation with major car manufacturers specifically for these vehicles and sets the standard for quality and safety.”