I-CAR recently announced the launch of the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Search on the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support (RTS) Portal as part of its continuous effort to build a centralized hub of industry information to give collision repair professionals the answers they need as quickly as possible.
In the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Search, repair professionals will find information on how to identify where parts of the hybrid or electric system are located, how to disable the system before beginning a repair, welding best practices and refinish precautions. All this information can quickly be found by make, model and/or year.
“The RTS team has worked diligently to bring all of this information into a singular location because of the importance for all repair professionals to understand how to properly disable hybrid and electric vehicles to ensure their own safety,” said Jason Bartanen, director of industry technical relations for I-CAR. “In addition to technician safety, if the vehicles are not properly disabled, they can cause damage to the vehicle.”
For more detailed information on how to safely approach hybrid and electric vehicles after a collision, and how to understand the risks and risk-avoidance of working around alternative fuel vehicles, technicians can choose from live and online training options from the I-CAR Professional Development Program:
- Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis and Safety (ALT03) – instructor-led course
- Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis (ALT04e) – one-hour online course
- Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety (ALT05e) – two-hour online course
These interactive courses provide repair professionals with takeaways they can apply when the next electric or alternative fuel vehicle arrives. Each course dives deep into important information on safely approaching an electric vehicle after a collision and goes beyond with detailed descriptions of the common parts found on electric vehicles and other types of alternative vehicles.
To begin using the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Disable Search on the RTS Portal, visit the RTS Portal.