New NT training to meet electric vehicle demand

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Former CDU student and The Dent Pusher Director David Eves and Prompt Auto Repairs Director Scott Petschel complete training with MTA training assessor Steve Richardson at CDU as part of a new hybrid vehicle training course held at the Casuarina campus.
Former CDU student and The Dent Pusher Director David Eves and Prompt Auto Repairs Director Scott Petschel complete training with MTA training assessor Steve Richardson at CDU as part of a new hybrid vehicle training course held at the Casuarina campus.

After successfully delivering its first nationally accredited hybrid and battery electric vehicle training in the Northern Territory earlier this year, the MTA this week delivered another course to meet local demand.

As electric vehicle technology only becomes more prominent, Motor Trade Association CEO Paul Unerkov said mechanic and body repair workshops required specialist technicians to service local motorists.

“We want to prepare the Northern Territory for the innovation revolution that the industry will soon face,” Mr Unerkov said.

“With electric and hybrid vehicles sales only increasing, crash repairers, mechanics and towing operators are beginning to see these cars in their workshops for the first time and want to know how to safely service them.”

Held over three days at Charles Darwin University from August 16 to 18, the MTA Hybrid and Battery Electric Vehicle Short Course equipped industry professionals with the skills to depower and reinitialise hybrid and battery electric vehicle systems.

Whilst proportionately small, the NT has recorded a 300 per cent increase of new electric vehicle sales to date this year and a 400 per cent increase of new plug-in hybrid car sales.

Mr Unerkov said the MTA had made the decision to be at forefront of EV training.

“As an organisation we have invested in electric vehicle training to upskill workers with the qualifications of tomorrow to meet the needs of Territorians.”

Charles Darwin University (CDU) Vice-Chancellor Scott Bowman said the new training course delivered in partnership with MTA would boost local workforce skills and ensure the Territory was leading in new energy technology.

“Electric vehicles are the future, and we’re ensuring the Northern Territory is at the forefront of this technology,” Professor Bowman said.

“We’re proud to support this training that will assist technology advancement, local business, motorists and the environment in the Territory.

“Delivering training for industry and workforce will support the workforce needs of the Territory, support the uptake of electric vehicles, reduce carbon emissions and help us build a cleaner, more sustainable future.”

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