With adoption of electric vehicles in British Columbia on the rise, the BC Institute of Technology has launched an electric vehicle maintenance training program for mechanics, following the completion of a pilot program which graduated twelve City of Vancouver mechanics with Red Seal certification in EV maintenance.
While EVs don’t need a lot of maintenance, no oil changes, no belts or air filters, they do need occasional maintenance, and EV mechanics need some new high-tech skills.
The new BCIT program will give mechanics the certification they need to work on EVs with 30 hours of class training. Its curriculum will also be available to other post secondary institutions throughout the province.
An EV maintenance curriculum for electric buses and heavy duty trucks is also in the works.