With the number of electric vehicles coming through the service department growing day by day, dealers need to make sure their technicians are working with EV batteries safely. And they need to do this in a variety of locations, whether it’s inside or outside of a vehicle, or when a battery needs to be packaged and shipped offsite.
Once a service technician removes an EV battery and is packaging it for shipping, they’ll need to assess its’ risk protocol before packaging it. Follow the steps we’ve outlined below to assess whether the battery you’re preparing to ship is a critical risk, a high risk, or an average risk.
And, of course, follow your dealership’s standard operating protocols for handling critical-risk and high-risk EV batteries.
How to Assess Risk When Preparing an EV Battery for Shipping
Performing these basic assessments on each battery, as appropriate to the circumstances, will allow you to classify each battery as critical risk, high risk, or average risk. By doing so, you will greatly reduce the risk of an EV battery fire in your dealership.
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In addition to addressing general awareness about EVs, KPA is developing a monthly series of self-directed training programs for supervisors to train their staff. Topics will range from EV battery hazards, including fire risks and proper storage, electrical hazards, personal protective equipment, de-energization, stranded energy, and more. These tools, along with on-site consulting and additional EV compliance content, will comprise KPA’s comprehensive EV Compliance Solution, available this fall.