Back in May 2019 the IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) hosted only their second ever Electrified Vehicles Advisory Group meeting. Attendees included CEO of IMI Steve Nash as well as a representative of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
The first meeting was held in February of 2019, where the bulk of discussions surrounding the registration of technicians. It was proposed a standard model, which consisted of an IMI accreditation, accredited training, professional behaviours and commitment to CPD.
The Purpose of the Meeting
This meeting was to look deeper into the next stages of development for the EVP standards set by the IMI. Formalising these standards would then give technicians a much simpler way to certify their electric vehicle knowledge through the “IMI TechSafe” banner.
The meeting was there to agree appropriate CPD standards, to then become a part of the growing EVPS model. Attendees were a mixture of key figures within the motor sector as well as governing bodies.
Wise Words From Steve Nash
Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI said: “Our second Electrified Vehicles Advisory Group meeting gave industry experts a valuable opportunity to comment on and shape the future of the safety and best practice standards for this growing sector. Collaboration is crucial to ensure standards are fit for purpose and, as the industry’s professional body, we feel we have a crucial role in developing EV Professional Standards that benefit everyone.
We understand the challenges employers are facing when it comes to ensuring staff are properly trained and qualified to work on electric vehicles, which pose a significant safety risk. The EV Professional Standard is a significant step forward for the sector and we look forward to hosting further meetings in the months to come, working together to develop standards that evolve with the technology and meet the needs of the motor retail industry.”
Professional Standards For Electrified Vehicles
Now, as part of this ongoing and ever growing model, the IMI have created a video outlining the Professional Standards For Electrified Vehicles. See the video below for more details.