New EV laboratory opens in Victoria to boost address job shortage

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A new purpose-built electric vehicle laboratory (EV) opened in Victoria today to address the shortage of specially trained technicians in Australia. 

The new advanced automotive and electrical lab, located at the Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence at Docklands, was established with a $1.4 million investment from the Victorian Labor government. 

The lab is equipped with the latest technology in electronic training boards and simulators, new computers, and software programs, as well as sophisticated training aids. This equipment can simulate almost all variants of EVs, making it flexible and adaptable to current and future markets. 

Delivered as part of the $12 million TAFE Equipment and Facilities Fund, the grant invested in the facility will help Victoria achieve its target for EVs to make up 50 per cent of all new light-vehicle sales by 2030. 

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney said the investment will support auto industry workers to become fully trained EV technicians. 

“With more electric vehicles on our roads, it’s critical that Victorians have the specialist training they need to service them safely,” Tierney said. 

The Australian government has allocated a total of $3.5 billion in investment to build TAFE and support efforts aimed at ensuring Victorians have access to high-quality education and rewarding career pathways. 

“We know EV technology is becoming more popular and accessible – and it’s a vital component in our plan to reach net zero emissions by 2045 – which is why we’re investing in this centre for excellence,” said Minister for Climate Action Lily D’Ambrosio