Automechanika Birmingham Teams Up with IMI and OVA for Free EV Training Sessions

Automechanika Birmingham, the leading UK automotive trade show, has announced a new training feature that aims to offer visitors the latest tips, tricks, and opportunities in the electric vehicle (EV) sector. The EV Training Academy, in partnership with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and Our Virtual Academy (OVA), will provide a series of 30-minute training sessions throughout each day of the trade event.

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April 25, 2023

Automechanika Birmingham, the leading UK automotive trade show, has announced a new training feature that aims to offer visitors the latest tips, tricks, and opportunities in the electric vehicle (EV) sector. The EV Training Academy, in partnership with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and Our Virtual Academy (OVA), will provide a series of 30-minute training sessions throughout each day of the trade event.

The free sessions will be delivered alongside two demo vehicles, providing attendees with hands-on experience and the opportunity to ask EV experts anything and everything on hybrids and EVs. The programme will cater for all technicians, with both beginner and advanced-level tuition on offer. The Essential EV Training session will cover the high-voltage isolation process using a low-voltage service disconnect, a solution that is becoming increasingly popular among vehicle manufacturers. The Advanced EV Training session will focus on the proximity pilot circuit used in Type 2 plug-in charging systems, the most common method for charging plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles.

Recent data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that while used car transactions fell by 8.5 percent in 2022, the industry saw record demand for used EVs. Transactions of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) increased by 37.5 percent, hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) rose by 8.6 percent and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) grew by 3.6 percent, in comparison to 2021. As this demand for alternative fuelled vehicles continues to rise, it’s crucial for independent garages and workshops to get onboard with the latest in EV training, tools, equipment, and trends to ensure they are prepared for the electric future.

Kristan Johnstone, project director of Messe Frankfurt, organizers of Automechanika Birmingham, stated: “We’re pleased to be partnering with the IMI and OVA to deliver what our visitors have requested – further opportunities to get practical guidance and advice with electric and hybrid vehicles. By utilizing two vehicles alongside both beginner and advanced sessions, we are confident the IMI and OVA experts will ensure visitors learn new tips and tricks, discover more about the opportunities brought about by electrification, and have any burning questions on EVs and hybrids answered by the experts.”

Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI, added: “This focus on EV skills is great news because our latest data shows that by 2030, 103,000 IMI TechSafe qualified technicians will be needed to work with electric vehicles in the UK alone. However, we are currently predicting a potential shortfall of 4,500 qualified technicians by 2029, increasing to a massive skills gap of 16,000 by 2032.”

The Automechanika Birmingham 2023 trade show will take place from 6 to 8 June 2023 at the NEC. Ticket registration is open now, and a free ticket can be claimed on their here > 

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