Camosun College program helps technicians learn to work with electric vehicles – Saanich News

More auto technicians in Greater Victoria will be able to gain skills to work on electric vehicles in the new year.

Two pilot sessions of an electric vehicle service training program took place this fall at Camosun College’s intercity campus after the province announced funding for the courses last spring. Two or three additional sessions will take place in 2022.

Camosun courses, which can accommodate up to eight people each, teach technicians how to work safely with high-voltage vehicle batteries, run diagnostics, test engines and more.

The scheme offers technicians a chance to bring their skills into line with the low-carbon economy and will help break the perception that getting an electric vehicle serviced is difficult, said Minister of Energy, Mines and BC Low Carbon Innovation at a Dec. 8 press conference. .

“By growing our electric vehicle sector, we are creating good jobs in a growing industry, which supports our CleanBC goals and our transition to a clean energy future,” said Bruce Ralston, noting that his contribution to the province’s GDP has increased. almost doubled between 2015 and 2020. and continues to grow. “Supporting the growing demand for electric vehicles in British Columbia is one of our top priorities. »

The college president said a workforce needs to be there to support the growing number of electric vehicles on the road locally.

British Columbia aims to have all light-duty vehicle sales be zero-emission vehicles by 2035. As of June 2021, these accounted for more than 10% of new light-duty vehicle sales in the province. Public charging stations in the Capital Regional District will have to quadruple by 2030, according to its electric vehicle infrastructure roadmap. At Wednesday’s press conference, Ralston said the need for more stations was another concern for would-be electric vehicle drivers. The province is working with municipal and federal governments to put more charging stations in public places and create a convenient charging network across British Columbia.

“We are doing everything we can to speed up the transition,” the minister said.

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