IMI reports record-breaking rise in the number of vehicle technicians becoming EV-ready
The number of technicians qualified to work on electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK is rising rapidly, according to the latest data from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). The first three months of 2022 had the highest quarterly increase of EV qualified technicians on record. The data also suggests that the shortfall between EVs on the UK’s roads and approved technicians to service, repair and MOT them, will hit later than first anticipated, now 2028 instead of 2026.
“The promising increase in technicians who have taken EV qualifications so far this year, which in turn makes them eligible to obtain IMI TechSafe recognition, is extremely encouraging,” said Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI. “2021 ended with 11 per cent of technicians being EV qualified. At the end of March 2022 the dial had moved to 13 per cent, representing over 28,000 technicians across the UK – it’s a real sign that the sector is responding to the increasing adoption of EV motoring.
“The rise in the Quarter 1 has already had a meaningful impact on the predicted shortfall of technicians. Based on SMMT EV sales forecasts, the shortfall between EVs on the UK’s roads and approved technicians is now likely to be felt 24 months later than we were predicting last year. What’s more, early indications are that figures for Quarter 2 will set another new record, which is great news for the industry and for the increasing number of EV drivers.”
Technicians who have met the IMI TechSafe standards – endorsed by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) – can showcase their credentials by joining the IMI’s industry-wide Professional Register. The Register lists individual members – and their place of work – who have been recognised for their achievements, experience, professionalism and commitment to a Professional Standard of behaviours, and for keeping their knowledge and skills up to date through Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Drivers of EVs can access the Register online for free, to find local qualified EV technicians and garages.
“The IMI’s Professional Register enables those looking to service or repair their vehicle, to check who to call upon, with reassurance that they are in skilled, competent and trustworthy hands”, added Steve Nash. “For technicians who have the relevant qualification, the IMI’s Professional Register is also a valuable tool to reach a wider customer base. For those with IMI TechSafe recognition, it will help them attract EV owners as potential long-term customers.
“Collectively, professionals listed on the IMI Professional Register are driving up standards across the sector, reassuring customers of an ethical and quality service and increasing public confidence in an electric automotive industry.”