In conversations with city employees about a swift transition to EVs, I listen to the feedback about the mechanics, the technicians that work on city-owned vehicles. They are not accustomed to EVs, but it is time to train them to become experts.
Mitsubishi Motors recently delivered its first IMI Level 3 course in Electric and Hybrid Vehicle, and now the company is serious about getting its service people up to speed on this fast-growing tech. “The Level 3 course — one of the highest levels in the suite of electric and hybrid vehicle IMI courses that have been developed to educate everyone from valeters to sales advisors, roadside patrols to master technicians — will now be delivered as standard to all Mitsubishi technicians within the Service and Maintenance level of their Pathway,” the company writes.
Developing the skills required to work safely in and around a vehicle’s high- and low-voltage electrical system and electric drivetrain systems are essential skills that no technician should lack in today’s transition to a zero-emissions vehicle world.
“The training has evolved from what was originally a one-day technical overview course introduced on the UK launch of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in 2014, to now be a three-day course incorporating online and practical examinations. On passing the training, Mitsubishi Technicians will have an industry-recognized qualification to work on Mitsubishi vehicles, as well as other Electric and Hybrid Vehicles on the road.
“The IMI Qualifications are the culmination of 12 months of preparation by the Mitsubishi Training Academy, including its Technical Trainers – Gary Preece, Jeff Mills and Gary Found – being themselves independently assessed by the renowned industry organisation.”
Ray Watts, Training Manager for Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: “With IMI Qualifications we are working to provide our technicians with additional industry recognition and qualifications that set the benchmark in electric and hybrid vehicle repair and maintenance. It’s another illustration of how we’re investing in our people and franchise to ensure that we are able to deliver the best possible service.”