New Safety Standards
The National Institute for Automotive Service (ASE) has recently introduced new Electric Vehicle Technician/Shop Personnel Electrical Safety Standards. These standards aim to establish electrical safety requirements, procedures, and safe work practices for service professionals working with EVs in North America. Developed in collaboration with vehicle manufacturers, aftermarket personnel, and other electric industry experts, the goal of these standards is to minimize exposure to hazards and their associated impacts.
ASE President Tim Zilke emphasized the importance of proper training for technicians and service personnel, as electric vehicles continue to rise in popularity. To help ensure service professionals are well-equipped to handle these technologically advanced vehicles, ASE has developed a new testing and certification program for all EVs, including light duty and medium/heavy duty hybrid/electric vehicles. The program offers two certification options tailored to the individual's involvement with EVs, with tests currently in pilot testing and plans for an upcoming launch. The Level One EVs Electrical Safety Awareness Certification is designed for those who may encounter an EV in the workplace, focusing on high-voltage electrical safety awareness. The Level Two EVs Technician Electrical Safety Certification targets service professionals, technicians, or specialists with high-voltage electrical training, knowledge, and safety training. To learn more about ASE's light duty hybrid/electric certification program, visit www.ase.com/ev.