Electric Vehicles Set To Disrupt Collision Repair. Are you Ready?

With US EV adoption expected to reach 25% by 2023—being able to safely repair these vehicles is crucial. Numerous countries like China have banned the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. General Motors and Volkswagen have both announced plans to cease production of ICE vehicles within the next 10 years.

Why Is Repairing an Electric Vehicle Different?

Electric Vehicles leverage state-of-the-art technology and construction techniques. Most manufacturers, including Tesla, use a mix of aluminum and high-strength steel panels to reduce weight and maximize efficiency.

These panels are typically lined with insulation designed to reduce road noise and energy consumption from the climate control system. High-voltage wires are also in close proximity to these panels.

As this insulation is flammable when in direct contact with an ignition source, traditional stud welding is not a suitable repair technique for EVs. Numerous fires have been reported in collision shops due to improper repair techniques being used. This creates a lability for both the technician and the shop.

The high voltage wiring presents another unique challenge as invasive repair techniques run the risk of damaging these wires creating a risk of fatal electric shock and battery fires.

Glue Pull Repair Offers a Non-Invasive Repair Solution

The non-invasive nature of glue pull repair makes it the ideal solution for repairing electric vehicles. Work is done on the outside of the panel and does not utilize any hazardous direct heat sources or welders.

This allow you to move metal quickly and safely without the need to grind paint and finishes away preserving OEM finishes. This leads to quicker, less-complicated repairs requiring minimal (if any) body filler.

Ready to Learn About GPR?

Don’t be intimidated by glue pull repair. As the leaders in glue pull repair technology, Keco offers a variety of glue pull repair training and support resources to help you implement GPR quickly and cost-effectively.

Check out the selection of free and paid GPR training and support options and start realizing how GPR can make for faster, safer and more profitable repairs.

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