The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is hosting a workshop focusing on the establishment of safety standards for service professionals who work on electric vehicles. The three-day workshop began Tuesday in Leesburg, Va.
During the workshop, ASE says a group of high-voltage vehicle subject matter experts from a broad range of automotive industry disciplines will join ASE to review the applicability and completeness of high-voltage vehicle electrical safety tasks and procedures. Their input will be used to develop a roadmap for an assessment that will be used to determine whether an individual is qualified to safely work on, or around, high-voltage vehicle electrical systems and components, ASE states.
Among the ASE industry partners participating in the electric/hybrid safety summit are: BMW NA, Bridgestone Firestone, Daimler Truck, Ford Motor Company, Honda, I-Car, Mercedes-Benz USA, Penske, Snap-on, Stellantis, Subaru, TA Petro, Toyota, Volkswagen/VW Academy and WorldPac.
ASE will also be partnering with electric vehicle manufacturers and other original equipment and aftermarket organizations on this industry initiative.
“The ASE board directed our technical staff to develop a high-voltage vehicle electrical safety standard for the tasks required of technicians and shop personnel working with, and around, high voltage vehicle systems. With the input we receive from this workshop, we will be well on our way,” says Tim Zilke, president and CEO of ASE. “We appreciate that so many of our industry partners are volunteering their time and expertise to come together to help us develop standards that will benefit the automotive industry and the motoring public.”