Collision repair for electric vehicles 

Collision repair for electric vehicles 

The last thing you want to hear after being involved in a collision is that your hybrid or electric vehicle can’t be serviced because it requires special attention. The good news is that at the right shop, collision repair on an electric or hybrid car is just as fast and safe as a conventional gas-powered car. Repairing any vehicle after a collision requires skills, tools, and training to ensure it performs as the factory intended. In the case of electric vehicles, it is even more critical. If you are looking for information about collision repair for electric vehicles, then you have come to the right place at Pfaff Autoworks in Vaughan, ON. In this article, we share some more information about this. 

Click here to learn more about our electric vehicle collision repair services at Pfaff Autoworks.  

The pre-repair checklist 

At Pfaff Autoworks, we have an entire process when it comes to collision repair for electric vehicles. When a damaged EV comes through our doors, we begin with a pre-repair checklist that consists of: 

  • Inspecting all electrical components for signs of damage
  • Any damaged body panels need to be checked for HV (high voltage) system wires, batteries, connectors, or modules that may have been damaged.
  • If the vehicle is to be towed, proper care must be taken to avoid damaging any of the HV systems and reduce potential shock hazard.

Proper equipment for the job 

Electric vehicle collision repair calls for specialized equipment and protection. Our technicians wear protective equipment when they handle damaged EVs. The purpose of this is: 

  • The electrical system on your HV is designed with many safeguards that will shut down the electrical system if it senses any compromises to its system. That being said, it’s always best to wear lineman’s gloves when operating on a powerful electrical system.
  • Gloves will protect the technicians as they work near vehicle components such as the battery, service plug receptacle, cables, inverter, electric motors, PHEV charge ports, or other electrical systems.

Proper repair procedures 

Electric vehicle technicians follow strict repair procedures in order to achieve the best quality results. Some of these procedures include: 

  • The technician will disable the vehicle’s electrical propulsion system before any repair processes are begun.
  • The technician will confirm the proper shut down of the electrical system with a volt-ohm meter.
  • Technicians will avoid touching any parts of the HV system.
  • Any disconnected connectors will be kept clean and free of contamination.
  • The technician will run a scan of the vehicle’s HV system before restarting it, to avoid damage to the HV system.

Collision repair for electric vehicles comes with different procedures and equipment. To learn more about electric vehicle collision repair at Pfaff Autoworks, we encourage you to get in touch with a representative today. Click here to find our contact information, schedule a service appointment, or speak with a representative.