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How auto parts manufacturers are helping you prepare for an Electric future

 

14/03/2019

The automotive world is changing. Electric vehicles are here to stay. Over the coming years you’ll see increasing numbers of them rolling into your garage. Embrace the future and get ready to service them now. It’s your opportunity to build a strong workshop business for the future.

But how? For some workshops it’s true to say that the growing shift away from petrol and diesel vehicles towards electric is a cause for concern. This is partly because it may mean retraining the workshop team to safely and efficiently fit electric parts. It’s also true, however, that the changes ahead offer workshops a great chance to get ahead of the competition.

Training

E-vehicle training offers new business opportunities for your garage by providing you with the latest information on even the most complex vehicle systems. As vehicles become more technically advanced, it can be a challenge to keep the skill sets of your workshop technicians up-to-date. But with a training programme* you can access the direct support of specialists from brands who are leading the e-revolution and benefit from the manufacturer’s know-how and expertise.

Electric vehicle training gives you the opportunity to boost profitability. This is because enables you to accept work that you previously may have had to turn away because it required new skills and a deeper level of knowledge. With access to a higher standard of trained technicians and technical expertise you will be able to improve your service and help bring more business to your garage. And by keeping your technicians up to date with vehicle technology you have the potential to vastly reduce the risk of warranty returns.

*As part of the ZF Group, TRW has a [pro]Tech workshop partnership and a training service that can help you with this.

Innovative parts

As cars change, so do the replacement parts you need to service them. The kind of parts that will be increasingly used in the future are the kind that are not only good for performance but also reduce noise and vibration, such as the TRW Electric Blue Brake Pad, an innovative braking solution for electric vehicles.

With the TRW Electric Blue Brake Pad you can start adding a pad change to an electric vehicle service, bringing added value to your customer, building customer loyalty, and giving you the edge over your competitors. First impressions count. If you’re the first workshop to start replacing electric pads in your area, you’ll be able to lead the field in the aftermarket.

Innovations such as the TRW Electric Blue Brake Pad are worth following because they are driven by increasing demand for electric vehicles in the European market. The TRW Electric Blue Brake Pad was driven by the requirements of the TRW Scandinavian team to serve brands such as Tesla and the Nissan Leaf. To meet these demands a pad was created that reduces NVH (noise, vibration and harshness). It is available in 25 part numbers, covering 27 applications, and can be fitted to 97% of vehicles in Europe.

And there are more changes on the way for the automotive aftermarket. For example, the development of electric-powered drivetrains is designed to shift vehicle design away from the use of fossil fuels and carbon gas emissions. This means that, in the future, vehicles will require different parts in fewer numbers, and that will reduce the sales of parts for petrol and diesel cars. Also, access to car-generated data will make big changes to the way that vehicles are serviced. Connected vehicles already generate 25GB of data per hour, but most aftermarket players are not yet prepared to harness this data in order to strengthen customer loyalty. Learning how to do this is offers you another opportunity to get ahead of the game.

As part of the ZF group, we’ll be at the forefront of development both today and tomorrow. As vehicles change, we’re here to help provide you with the parts, the information and the training to help you and your workshop stay profitable.

We expect a number of aftermarket-specific trends to significantly impact the automotive industry in the coming decades. We see these changes as opportunities, and so should you. We’re ready and preparing for them right now, and we want workshops like yours to know that we are their ideal partner in the aftermarket of the future.

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