Leading the Way in EV Auto Body Repair
Even to the most dedicated roaring 8-cylinder rumbling, dual-exhaust roaring, gas engine lovin’ junkies out there, there is no denying that the shift in auto manufacturing and consumer opinions over EVs and PHEVs has been extraordinary and undeniable. Like a an unstoppable force, electric and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models will account for a third of the market by 2025 and, by 2030, surpass ICE vehicle purchases entirely. Your parents, and maybe even you, might go kicking and screaming into purchasing an EV, but it’s all your kids and their kids may ever drive.
Accepting the Challenge
As many of you know, Conestoga Collision has been on the bleeding edge of EV repair for several years now. As a Tesla Approved Body Shop since 2018, we know first hand that EVs have presented new challenges for our industry. Shops like ours have had to train up and tool up on manufacturers’ regulations and repair standards regarding high-voltage battery systems, the repair of lighter weight materials and much more. We eagerly met that challenge from the start and our techs and team leaders continue to engage in the latest training that the industry has to offer.
Poised for the Next Chapter
Just taking a look at the numbers over the last couple years–118,233 electric vehicles were sold in the US during the second quarter of 2021, compared to 33,312 during the second quarter of 2020. Another 248,028 hybrids and plug-in hybrids were sold in the second quarter, compared to 91,677 in the same quarter of the previous year. This represents a lot of first time adopters of these types of vehicles. If you are one of them, we welcome you to the club. After all, we don’t simply repair these vehicles, but we own and drive them as well!
As the sales numbers of PHEVs and EVs continue to skyrocket, there will be drivers who simply never get on board with this shift in the what is available to consumers–and, by the way, that is okay by us! You should love what you drive, whatever that may. However, we have already seen a number of our competitors drag their feet on training up and tooling up to meet the demand of EV repair. That, we would contend, is not okay for EV drivers, and in time, will likely prove disastrous for shops who opted not to meet the moment.
Trust the Shop that Tesla Trusts
We get it–you’ve been with your collision shop for decades. But, if you are driving new tech, you have to ask yourself, if your collision shop with you? When it comes to turning out factory-correct EV repairs, it’s not personal. Who are you going to trust? We’re here to throw our hat in the ring to EV drivers throughout the Delaware Valley. Now more than ever, Conestoga Collision is your first choice in collision repair.