Allianz Partners and the Institute of Vehicle Recovery (IVR) say that they received an "incredible" response to their first EV, hybrid and PHEV training courses, highlighting the demand for training in EV technology within the independent recovery market.
The first training days were completed over six days, in six different locations around the UK, helping recovery operators meet a new standard in training and awareness on alternative fuel vehicles.
The Allianz Partners Network Team, supported by its technical training manager Mike Donley, provided the EV, Hybrid and PHEV training, which was offered to all of its recovery operator agents on a first come first served basis.
Numbers were restricted to 12 people per venue, with each operator invited to send one person, but organisers have said that more courses will be held next year.
Allianz Partners UK’s network manager Mark Debenham said: “We’ve had an incredible response to these training days from independent recovery professionals who were hungry to gain invaluable insight into hybrid and EV technology.
“Attendees particularly appreciated the opportunity for some hands-on practical experience, with two hybrid vehicles available during the sessions; a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and a Volvo S90 Twin Engine Hybrid.
“EV and hybrid vehicles are becoming increasingly popular and our course aims to help recovery professionals keep up with the latest developments in the industry.
“There is definitely an appetite across Allianz Partners, the IVR and the industry to run more of these training sessions, which we hope to be able to run early in 2019, giving even more technicians the EV confidence they need at the roadside.”