Enhanced technical training introduced for electric and plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi vehicles

Enhanced technical training introduced for electric and plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi vehicles

TECHNICIANS in Mitsubishi’s dealer network are to receive IMI qualifications in electric and hybrid vehicles.

After working closely with the IMI and taking a lead role in assisting with the creation of industry-standard courses in the maintenance of alternatively-fuelled vehicles, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has delivered its first IMI Level 3 course in electric and hybrid vehicles.

The course — one of the highest levels in the suite of electric and hybrid vehicle IMI courses that have been developed to educate everyone from valeters to sales advisors and roadside patrols to master technicians — will now be delivered as standard to all Mitsubishi technicians.

It is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to work safely in and around a vehicle’s high- and low-voltage electrical system and electric drivetrain system.

The training has evolved from what was originally a one-day technical overview course introduced on the UK launch of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in 2014, to become a three-day course incorporating online and practical examinations. On passing the training, Mitsubishi technicians will have an industry-recognised qualification to work on Mitsubishi vehicles, as well as other electric and hybrid vehicles on the road.

The IMI qualifications are the culmination of 12 months of preparation by the Mitsubishi Training Academy, including its technical trainers – Gary Preece, Jeff Mills and Gary Found – being themselves independently assessed by the renowned industry organisation.

Ray Watts, training manager at Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: ‘With IMI qualifications, we are working to provide our technicians with additional industry recognition and qualifications that set the benchmark in electric and hybrid vehicle repair and maintenance. It’s another illustration of how we’re investing in our people and franchise to ensure that we are able to deliver the best possible service.’

Lance Bradley, managing director, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: ‘The evolvement of our in-house training mirrors the growth in popularity of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

‘This officially-recognised course provides customers of what is the best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in the UK with the knowledge that their local Mitsubishi dealer is able to cater for all their maintenance requirements as their ownership experience continues.’

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