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As we look to the future of transportation, there is no ignoring the fact that the transition to EVs is approaching, and approaching fast.

With the Biden administration’s proposed guidelines on stricter environmental regulations, we could see government incentives to push this transition forward. The proposal includes tax credits for those consumers who choose to buy an electric car and a budget of $36.6 billion to help states implement EVs into their transportation systems.

At the Collision Industry Conference on Thursday, July 15, a panel of experts discussed the benefits of EVs and how the transition away from gasoline may look in the near future. Besides the reduction of carbon emissions and the possible tax incentives, consumers are attracted to EVs for their convenience and the fact that vehicle maintenance becomes almost unnecessary in an electric car. So what does this mean for the auto repair industry?

Electric cars can go an estimated 150,000 miles before needing battery maintenance, Michael Peters, co-founder of Sway Mobility Inc., said at the conference. This will eliminate the need for routine vehicle check-ups at auto repair shops. Workers in the auto repair industry will need to prepare for this transition, whether that be increasing their training on EV repair or moving their business to involve installing EV infrastructure.

With more and more dealers creating affordable options for EVs– there are now EVs that cost below $40,000 – and the increased pressure to reduce carbon emissions, electric transportation will be here before you know it. While the government has a hand in pushing forward this transition, drivers are moving towards electric vehicles anyway. 

“Whether or not we had people say this in the White House, this is the way the industry was going,” Marie McConnell, program manager for the Drive Electric Ohio initiative, said at the conference. 

ADAPT Automotive asked McConnell and her fellow panelists what this transition could mean for the workers who make their living off of auto repair. They explained that while there is no getting around the fact that there will be less of a need for auto repair, owners of EVs will still be loyal to their regular mechanics. 

“EV drivers are some of the most loyal consumers ever,” McConnell said. “If you get them in the door once, you have them forever.”

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