Change is inevitable. And for the car industry, embracing these changes is not an option, it’s a necessity.
The Toyota Prius and the Chevrolet Volt are two of the hottest new cars on the market. Their ability to run without regular means makes them a popular sale yet their design are innovative and different from what the traditional car is made of. This is a complete game changer, and mechanics must be parallel to the technology used in creating these new vehicles.
The Chevrolet Volt is said to be the most fuel-efficient compact car sold in the United States. This model can travel 25-50 miles on pure battery power, whereas its fuel economy is at 93mpg. When this battery dies, the car automatically shifts into a gasoline engine.
The latest model from Toyota, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid, contains a 4.4kWh lithium-ion battery, in which cars can be charged to go 15 miles, with 87 mpg in fuel mode. These models are expected to sell as many as 15,000 in their first year in the U.S. alone. Previous version of the Prius has sold as many as 2 million cars worldwide since their sale in 1997.
Cars are developed with new standards and technologies that alter the components of traditional cars; most seasoned auto mechanics are unaware of these. Every year we send our technicians to participate in the annual Chief Automotive Structure training, as well as I-Car training. Managers also reinforce their skills with I-Car, DuPont, and Chief training classes. Being able to stay on top of the game is essential in running a collision shop. Chaz understands that constant education and being up to date is key to running a successful business.