It is no secret that the automotive industry is going electric

Ford and GM are aiming to have 50 percent of their new cars sales to be EVs by 2030 and Jaguar plans to be all electric by 2025, while more and more EV only vehicle brands are being introduced into the Australian market all the time.
With all this EV progression, is your shop ready to service hybrid and electric vehicles?
Autel has recently released three new products that will help workshops expand into this market with the release of the Autel MSULTRAEV, the MS909EV and the EV Diagnostics Kit (EVDIAGBOX).
The MSULTRAEV and MS909EV include the standard MSULTRA or MS909 units – both tools are well known for their speed, accuracy, and ease of use with passenger and Asian light commercial vehicles and come preconfigured with the new EV Diagnostics Module and supporting software.
The EV Diagnostics Kit is an upgrade package for existing MSULTRAEV, MS919 and MS909 models and can be purchased separately at any time.
So, what can these EV tools do? Product highlights include:
• Complete diagnostics of Electric Vehicles through the conventional OBDII port.
• Complete diagnosis of the Battery Maintenance System (BMS) via direct testing of the High Voltage (HV) battery.
• Recalibrate the HV battery’s State of Charge (SoC) and State of Health (SoH) to regain battery range and help extend the battery life of the customer’s vehicle.
• Diagnose charging faults/failures.
The tool’s processes are easy to follow with colour diagrams, pictures and text plus video prompts to ensure safe operation step-by-step with many of the EV battery connectors being model specific.
For non-model specific connectors, a multi-connector cable is included, and pinouts are displayed on the tool.
“EVs are here to stay, many think that they will kill off our industry with less servicing required but this is simply not true,” GPC Asia Pacific Diagnostics Manager, Dean Guilford, said.
“EVs and Hybrids still require servicing, but the servicing they require is different and more specialised than what has been the norm – really, it’s no different to the introduction of common rail diesel systems, and like common rail, to service and repair it, specialised equipment and technical knowledge is required.”

For more information, please contact your local Repco or NAPA representative.