ELECTRIFYING YOUR TOOLS
SIX TOOLS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR EV TOOL KIT
By Sarah Perkins
It’s no secret that electric vehicles present a new learning curve for the automotive industry. Look at recent reports on EV adoption and repair (or even better, check out the details from Collision Repair mag’s EV Tour, supported by Fix Network) and you’ll see that electric vehicles present both a mixed bag of fear and anticipation. While the technology itself may not be new, increase in global demand and developments in said tech means that auto shops increasingly need to adjust their practices when it comes to facilitating safe repairs.
However, regardless of advances in technology, the start of a decent repair job always comes back to the basics—having the right tools in your toolkit to ensure that you can get the job done.
Here are some must have tools and gear if you want to have EVs in your shop, and to electrify your repair potential without putting yourself at risk of otherwise shocking safety violations.
1. PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
Before getting into the heart of a repair on an electric vehicle, it’s important to make sure that your technician is properly outfitted. Because of the high-voltage systems included in electric vehicles, regular ICE vehicle PPE will not do, and instead, your technician should have access to insulated gloves rated for high-voltage systems as well as safety glasses or goggles, and other rubberized materials such as protective clothing to reduce the risk of electric shock.