As internal combustion engines are gradually being replaced by battery-powered electric motors, vehicle technicians will need to be trained to keep them maintained.
But it is not just the engine that is being upgraded. It will be every aspect, every component of the vehicle that will change for the modern era.
IRTE Skills Challenge sponsor Knorr-Bremse is already ahead of the game in recognising how these vehicles’ braking systems will move the industry into a whole new arena.
To maximise its research potential for electric vehicles, Knorr-Bremse has set up a development unit specifically as a research function to make progress in e-mobility.
Tim Ford, Head of Aftermarket Sales and Customer Service at Knorr-Bremse Systems, says: “Knorr-Bremse has recently taken the next step towards the age of electric mobility by putting its expertise into the field of e-mobility with the eCUBATOR; its own new development unit.
“In addition, with its solutions for electric vehicles, Knorr-Bremse subsidiary Kiepe Electric is working to support zero emission public transportation, focusing on the development and installation of complete electrical systems.
“In the aftermarket segment, Knorr-Bremse aims to increase road safety for all road users and reduce situations with a high risk of accidents with its new retrofittable turning assistant.”
So, as a long-term supporter of the IRTE Skills Challenge competition, what benefits will remain for operators if technicians are highly trained and skilled in the most advanced modern coaches and buses?
“It facilitates and encourages the upskilling of the technicians and apprentices maintaining these vehicles, which will in turn provide efficiency for the operators and keep coaches and buses running on the road for longer,” concludes Tim.