With more and more hybrid electric (HEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV) hitting the road these days, dealers and repair shops will soon need to learn an entirely new set of skills to help maintain and work on them. To assist with that process, Ford and I-Car are teaming up to launch a new series of expanded training courses for both HEV and BEV repair.
I-Car is a not-for-profit education, knowledge, and solutions organization designed to support the evolving needs of the Collision Repair Inter-Industry. The company is focused on improving the quality and safety of auto collision repair for the ultimate benefit of both the industry and the consumer.
These new courses are specifically designed to provide repair shops with an overview of how HEV and BEV vehicles operate, as well as the unique safety considerations they must take when working on those vehicles. The courses also contain information on specific current and future Ford and Lincoln HEV and BEV vehicles, including the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Ford and I-Car are rolling out a total of eight new training courses in total for Ford Certified Collision Network (FCCN) shops. These consist of three I-Car specific courses – Hybrid Vehicle Identification and Damage Analysis, Hybrid, Electric, and Alternative Fuel Vehicle Service, and Understanding High-Voltage Safety – and five Ford-specific courses – Ford Service Information Navigation for Collision Repair, Ford 2021 Mach-E New Model Training, Ford Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Components and Operation, Ford High-Voltage Systems Safety, and Ford Introduction to High-Voltage Battery Service.
“As Ford introduces new EV and alternative-fuel market entries, we are committed to making thorough, up-to-date, and relevant training available to all technicians,” explained Ford Collision Marketing Manager Dean Bruce.
“Our collaboration with Ford continues as together we work in developing and delivering courses that contribute to complete, safe, and quality repairs,” added Mark Bochenek, Principal, OEM & International Business Development for I-Car.