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 report revealed the population of EV-qualified technicians reached the highest quarterly increase on record in the first three months of 2022. The data also suggests an anticipated shortfall of approved technicians compared to EVs on UK roads will hit later than first expected: 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% of technicians being EV-qualified. At the end of March 2022, the dial had moved to 13%, 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.”
Technicians meeting the IMI TechSafe standards – endorsed by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) – may join the institute’s industry-wide Professional Register. The register lists individual members – and their place of work – who have been recognized for their achievements, experience, professionalism and commitment to professional standards of behaviors, and for keeping their knowledge and skills current through Continuing Professional Development (CPD). EV drivers can access the register online for free to find local qualified EV technicians and garages.
“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,” said Nash.