The automotive aftermarket is a vital component of the EV ecosystem

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the peak body representing Australia’s EV Automotive Service and Repair industry, has welcomed the release of the Government’s National Electric Vehicle Strategy.
The Automotive service and repair industry will be an important component of ensuring the EV Strategy succeeds.
“The AAAA is pleased to see the release of the Government’s National Electric Vehicle Strategy,” AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said.
“We look forward to constructive consultations on key elements of the strategy, which includes both the important roles of the automotive manufacturing industry and the EV service and repair sector.
“The automotive aftermarket is a vital component of the EV ecosystem, and we would like to see more detail in the future on how we are to meet the demand for EV service, repair, maintenance and training in the Strategy.
“Ensuring the availability of cost-effective spare parts, skills, and equipment to support the maintenance and efficient running of EVs is critical to the systems and infrastructure required to enable rapid EV uptake.
“AAAA also welcomes the inclusion of funding to support New Energy Apprenticeships, however as demand for EV courses and trainers is now outstripping supply, we need more trainers and flexible training options for our existing 360,000 automotive professionals, particularly the automotive light vehicle technicians located in rural and regional Australia.
“We would value an opportunity to be involved in planning for a clear National EV Training Roadmap to support this transition, because right now, the EV upskilling effort is a highly fragmented and confusing landscape.
“We believe the transition to zero and low emission passenger cars can provide major benefits for the community, but we must work together to develop the systems and infrastructure needed to support this transition.
“We look forward to working with the Federal Government to ensure that we have a network of trained professionals ready when the market gears up.”

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