Maintenance Providers Prepare for Electric Trucks

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Since electric vehicles have become more accessible to commercial trucking operations, fleet maintenance managers are feeling the stress as they begin preparing EV maintenance plans. New standards could help guide maintenance and repairs while enabling industry partnerships to ensure stable operations (according to the American Trucking Association’s Technology & Maintenance Council from a report in October 2022).

maintenance providers prepare for electric trucks

While some technicians are engaged with the opportunity of repairs for EVs, others prefer to strictly work on diesel. Over time, electric trucks will become an important part of the trucking industry, and technicians will need to be prepared for these industry changes.

Ray Hasting, director of e-mobility service at Volvo Trucks North America, discussed how the company works with fleet customers to allow critical repair issues more effectively and efficiently: “We have a clear process of expediting issue resolutions. When drivers see something, they have great feedback. They’re actually able to get engineering people involved. We get others globally involved.” For example, the VTNA uses analysis from EV maintenance programs across Europe.

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EV maintenance involves many intricate details. For instance, lithium batteries are a concern for technicians in the U.S. and are required to travel via expedited ground delivery since they cannot travel by air – causing delays and rising production costs.

Technicians will now be working on both diesel and electric vehicles which could also impact operations across the United States, as diesel-only technicians may refuse EV work and a shortage of EV technicians could be imminent.