CREATING A SUSTAINABLE REPAIR FRAMEWORK FOR ZERO EMISSION VEHICLES
Electric Vehicles are likely to bring societal benefits, but there is also the need for a sustainable repair framework to be developed to ensure their safe, efficient, and timely repair.
While EVs are no more difficult to repair than cars with internal combustion engines (ICE), the Repairability of batteries is a key element to successful adoption of electric vehicles. Without it, there is no sustainable means of managing them through the existing repair workflow.
Batteries often account for more than 50 per cent of the vehicle price, with sometimes even minor damage resulting in battery replacement. However, options for recycling and repurposing in the UK are scarce, and low salvage values are failing to mitigate cost.
Meanwhile, gaps in repair industry skills and capability are challenging how EVs are handled and their safe and timely repair. Awareness and training are key.
Addressing these challenges will help create a repair framework that meets consumer expectations and supports the UK Government’s Road to Zero Strategy while enabling a viable route towards the sustainable repair of Electric Vehicles.