Rise in independents accepting hybrid and electric vehicles

An increasing number of independents are carrying out servicing and repairs on alternatively fuelled vehicles

Rise in independents accepting hybrid and electric vehicles
Autodata currently covers models in this category across 22 different vehicles manufactures, with new models being added on a fortnightly basis.

A leading UK technical information supplier has reported a 104 per cent increase in access to data relating to alternatively fuelled vehicles over the last quarter.

Autodata say the most popular information requested included service schedules, interactive coloured wiring diagrams and wheel alignment specifications.

In August, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced a 58.6 per cent rise in year-to-date sales of electric vehicles in 2015 compared to last year.

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has also seen an increase in independent garages attending hybrid awareness courses, which provide technicians with a qualification to deal with eco models.

Autodata Chief Executive, Rod Williams, said: “It is encouraging to see a number of garages take a proactive step to actively accept jobs on alternatively fuelled vehicles.

“In the past there has often been a misconception about the ability of independents to carry out routine servicing and repairs on hybrids, however the reality is that with a modest level of investment in new tools and training, this can be achieved to the same standard as a one-brand dealer.”

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