Hybrid and electric vehicles and the long term future for independent garages

May 23, 2016 09:24

Evolution rather than revolution

When the issue of global warming - or more correctly climate change – comes up amongst petrolheads there’s likely to be a sharp intake of breath and some gnashing of teeth!

The discussion of all electric and hybrid electric vehicles may draw a similar response; however, the revelation that some diesel vehicle manufacturers have been indulging in mass fraud through emission test cheating does little to support the cause of fossil fuelled vehicles.

In the way that recycling is helping to save the planet ‘one empty cola can at a time’, hybrid and electric vehicles are an evolution of thinking and behaviour. They are not an overnight revolution. The world turns slowly, change is a gradual process.

The future of the independent motor trade and electric vehicles

The key barriers to the uptake of all-electric vehicles remain the range on a single charge and the availability of charging points. There are also some mixed signals in the market place on the adoption of all-electric vehicles. Globally, around 17 million are expected on the roads by 2020. However, sales are disappointing. The most recent year-on-year figures for the EU show even the most popular vehicle, the Tesla S, is down by 70%.

When it comes to the future of the independent motor trade there can be little doubt any change will also be gradual. The sheer scale of vehicle numbers means the independent trade will become more and more involved as numbers take off.  There are already a significant number of independent used, servicing and customising specialists in the marketplace.

For any independent trader key hybrid and all-electric vehicle requirements are:

  • Technician training, including health & safety
  • Access to technical data including procedures

Adapt to changes in the automotive market with Motasoft

Motasoft helps the independent motor trade to adapt as the market changes. Independent garages stay abreast of requirements for technical information with the Vehicle Technical Data feature that is integrated with VGM (Virtual Garage Manager). This references the VRM to access the right information for any specific vehicle, whatever the fuel source.

Importantly, Vehicle Technical Data provides the important health and safety information to ensure vehicle technicians are fully aware of the how to make the vehicle safe before commencing any procedure.

To find out more about how Motasoft helps the independent motor trade to do a better job of vehicle servicing and motor trade sales while driving better efficiency and profitability, simply get in touch.

Click here to see the article ‘The data is in: European plug-in vehicle sales are dropping’ at autoblog.com