Despite the slump in new car sales due to the Coronavirus pandemic, sales of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric cars have increased in 2020 and now account for one in five new cars sold across Europe and in September accounted for one in four new cars registered in Ireland.
With the government having set a target of eliminating new petrol and diesel car sales by 2030 and as new car sales slowly recover, you can expect 2021 to be the year of the electric car.
If you are considering the purchase of an electric or hybrid vehicle, or perhaps you already drive one, it is worth remembering that when it comes accident repair these vehicles are based on very different technology and that not every repairer has the skills, expertise and equipment to repair them correctly.
Both hybrid and electric vehicles operate with extremely high electrical voltages so inexperienced or untrained technicians can put themselves in life threatening danger if they fail to take the right precautions, use the right equipment or follow the correct safety procedures. Fortunately at Ashmore Ryder our technicians are fully trained in electric vehicle repairs, stay fully up to date with the latest technological developments and operate strict system isolation and safety protocols to ensure vehicles are repaired correctly and safely.
Repairs of electrical vehicles take place in a dedicated area and our staff also have access to the very latest safety equipment. They only repair vehicles in line with strict vehicle manufacturer recommended repair methods, so you can be sure that your vehicle will be returned to its pre-accident condition, with a full diagnostic scan carried out to ensure that all systems are working correctly.
Repairers unfamiliar with electric vehicles will sometimes use incorrect procedures that may not only put themselves at risk, but could also result in shortened battery life and or electrical drive system damage. At Ashmore Ryder, however, you can have complete confidence that no matter what hybrid or electric vehicle you are driving, it will be repaired safely and correctly.