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Rise in independents accepting alternatively fuelled vehicles

An increasing number of independent workshops are carrying out routine servicing and repairs on electric, hybrid and other alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs), according to Autodata.

The leading technical information supplier has reported a 104% increase in access to data relating to models in this category over the last quarter. The most popular information requested by Autodata subscribers included service schedules, interactive coloured wiring diagrams and wheel alignment specifications.

In the second quarter of 2015, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) announced a 17.4% increase in sales of AFVs, totalling 143,595.

Autodata Chief Executive, Rod Williams, said: “It is encouraging to see a number of workshops take a proactive step to actively accept jobs on alternatively fuelled vehicles. In the past there has often been a misconception about the ability of independents to carry out routine servicing and repairs on hybrids, however the reality is that with a modest level of investment in new tools and training, this can be achieved to the same standard as a one-brand dealer.

“If you look back historically at emerging technologies, such as TPMS and diesel particulate filters, these were all things that workshops were reluctant at first to touch but have now become part and parcel of an independents offerings. It appears that AFVs are moving this way, and as with all the above technologies, Autodata is committed to respond to the market to ensure independents can always capitalise on new opportunities.”

Autodata currently covers models in this category across 22 different vehicles manufactures, with new models being added on a fortnightly basis.