SERVICING EV BATTERIES

Electric vehicle battery types

There are typically two batteries in an electric vehicle – a lead acid 12V accessory battery and a lithium-ion high voltage traction battery.
While you are no doubt familiar with 12V batteries, isolating or handling the traction battery of an electric vehicle can be dangerous to those not familiar with these high voltage systems that are generally above 48V.
When handling either type of battery for workshop servicing or wrecking, care should be taken to ensure the ignition is switched off, bearing in mind you won’t hear an engine running.
Prior to attempting to isolate an EV traction battery, you should always review the manufacturer instructions and ensure you have appropriate high voltage-safe PPE, including fire resistant clothing and gloves to Australian Standards.
To avoid short-circuiting, insulated tools should also be used to handle the traction battery, and a multimeter is a vital tool to check voltages.
One of the main risks when working with EVs is thermal runaway, particularly in vehicles that have been involved in an accident where the traction battery casing has been breached.
Moving an EV around a workshop should be done with extra care, and it’s important to note that EVs should never be hoisted on a scissor lift that may impact or damage the traction battery.
Ensuring you have the right safety measures in place is essential for anyone servicing EVs, so EVUp has helped develop a simple one-hour online course for mechanics through the EV Alliance at www.evalliancetraining.thinkific.com

Electric car refuel with power

Charging an electric vehicle in your workshop
Providing a reliable charge to your customers will soon be an expectation, rather than a value add.
Following the servicing of an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid, a 7kW single phase or 22kW three phase portable charging unit that can be easily maneuvered around your workshop will be a valuable tool for your team.
A portable unit removes the need to move EVs in and out of a fixed parking space and also avoids stretched charging cords creating a trip hazard or a fire risk.
The Melbourne-made AURIGA unit available through our website has been designed as a durable portable charger for exactly this purpose, and starts at $2900 per unit.
EVUp can also help with public charging infrastructure that will attract EV drivers to your location and future proof your business as the transition to electric transport accelerates.

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Contact Emma Sutcliffe for information about workshop EV charging and training for your team by emailing emma@evup.com.au or calling 0409 040 499.