Allianz’s collaboration with IVR (Institute of Vehicle Recovery) to deliver free EV and hybrid training marks an “industry first” and creates a new skills benchmark.
Allianz Partners in the UK and Ireland is working with the IVR to deliver the latest in electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle training for its network of independent recovery operators.
The course is available free of charge to all independent recovery operators on the Allianz Partners network, however, there is a minimal certification fee should they wish to formally receive the IVR VR27 Module accreditation.
Fully funded by Allianz Partners, six 12-delegate capacity courses will run across the year, aimed at those working with high voltage vehicles.
Subjects include the history of hybrid and EVs, principles and range of operation, how to identify EV, hybrid and PHEVs, as well as the potential hazards.
Course attendees will also learn how to keep themselves and others safe at the scene of a disabled or damaged vehicle.
Allianz Partners’ network manager UK and Ireland Mark Debenham said: “The latest SMMT figures show that the UK saw a 34.8% increase in electric and hybrid vehicle registrations in 2017.
“We are responding to the rapid growth of this market, working with the IVR to deliver first class training for the independent recovery operator sector, raising standards and meeting industry demand.”
Institute of Vehicle Recovery’s chairman Chris Hoare said: “This course will provide attendees with a basic but much needed overview of EV and hybrid vehicles and the associated health and safety requirements as it affects them and anyone else at the scene of a breakdown and repatriation.
“Anyone completing the course successfully has the option of IVR VR27 Module Certification, providing them with the knowledge they need to comply with the latest EV and hybrid vehicle legislation and the confidence to deal with breakdowns and recoveries, as more and more of these vehicle travel along UK roads.”