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Hybrid Service

If you are the owner of a Hybrid vehicle or thinking of getting one you are advised to read this page

The Dealer Principal at VTS Ltd “Paul Bhatoy” has many years of experience, running high volume Ford workshops. As an ex technician and technical trainer, he can often be seen in the workshop looking into complex technical problems. As an all-rounder his experience and profile in the industry is second to none. He started his career as a trainee motor mechanic, worked his way up to a Fleet Maintenance Manager for a Global Corporation. Paul has followed the concept of the Hybrid from its conception.
 
Recognizing the need for all technicians to understand the concept and indeed the differences in servicing these hybrids, Paul added hybrid technology to the curriculum within the VTS Training Centre at an early stage, so no one would be more qualified to look after your vehicle.

Paul Bhatoy says, we are all aware of change and the fact technology will win through in the end. The hybrid has been coming for a long time and many think that it is still in its infancy, the fact is it is here now and it’s taking many independent repairing garages to task.

Through Paul’s knowledge and expertise within the fleet industry he knew that through adoption of the hybrid into the fleet and corporate market place, within a short space of time through natural turnover the hybrid would soon be flooding the used car public sector and could soon cause problems for smaller independent garages who are not fully competent with these vehicles..

Other independent garages intending to offer service and repair to hybrids must undergo the necessary training to cope with this technology.
For the good of the motor repair industry and public safety, Paul has decided to offer the necessary courses required to independent garages that wish to take on hybrid servicing and other advanced technical issues.

Some of the differences...

Many aspects of the vehicle will remain the same. The differences, however, can be costly and the price owners must pay for proper auto service may be high. The benefits of owning a hybrid will probably be worth it to the owner in the long run and with the knowledge that they are doing their part to help the environment.

Some of the most drastic of differences will include common items like brake pads, fluids, and batteries.

Since the Hybrid car works differently from traditional vehicles it will require different fluids to keep it in tip top shape. These fluids will probably be new to the owners and even to the professionals commissioned with servicing the car. Whenever dealing with Hybrid cars it is important to consult the manual and follow the manufacturer's guidelines to the letter.

Traditional oil changes differ when dealing with hybrid cars as well. While there is no fear of an engine starting during an oil change on an internal combustion engine (as long as the car is turned off), a hybrid is a different story. The engine of a hybrid will start whenever the keys are in the ignition and when the car is in ready mode. The engine will also start when the battery needs charging and is in ready mode. So it is important to take the keys with you when changing the oil of a hybrid and not leave them in the ignition.

Brake system acts as generator when not in use. Break pads will not have to be replaced nearly as often as they would on traditional vehicles. Although, when the pads do require replacement, it will need some high priced equipment that can only be found at garages. The problem is that many smaller garages might not see buying the hydraulic system required for this job as economically viable. Changing the break pads is definitely not something that can be done one Saturday morning whenever the mood strikes you.

One of the key differences encountered while servicing hybrids are the battery packs. These battery packs house chemicals and will often retain current so carelessness while handling these devices can result in a serious chemical burn or electrocution. Following the manufacturers guidelines and safety concerns are essential.

Hybrid & climate change

For greenhouse gases (such as CO2), electric cars charged using average UK 'mains' electricity show a significant reduction in emissions – the figures suggest a reduction of around 40% compared to an small petrol car (tailpipe 130 gCO2/km).

However, if an electric car is compared with a fuel-efficient diesel car (tailpipe 99 gCO2/km), the lifecycle carbon benefit for an electric car using average 'grid' electricity is around 25% – a smaller but still significant reduction.

The reduction in carbon emissions is mainly due to the fact that electric cars are more energy efficient than conventional vehicles. So-called 'regenerative braking', which returns energy to the battery when the brakes are applied, also improves fuel efficiency by up to 20%.

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