According to SIMI figures, last year’s electric vehicle sales in Ireland increased by over 16 per cent on the year previous, and continues to increase year-to-date in 2021.
This means that it’s now not uncommon for an EV to be entering the workshop, so technicians need to be prepared for these complex vehicles.
To accommodate this growing sector, First Line Ltd supplies an extensive range for EV components and has done for years.
First Line Ltd has over 40 pure EVs listed in its renowned WebCat, including the Audi e-tron, Hyundai Ioniq, Jaguar I-Pace, Peugeot iOn, Renault Zoe and Tesla Models S and X, supplying more than 560 references across 45 different product lines for these vehicles. Product groups covered include braking, wheel bearings, cabin filters, steering & suspension, plus many more.
Notable references already receiving high demand, include cabin filters to fit the Tesla Model S (BFC1313) and Model X (BFC1307), front brake pads (BBP2692) and front discs (BBD5384) to fit the Nissan Leaf 2017>, front/rear wheel bearing kit (FBK1516) to fit the Tesla Model S and Model X 2014> and front wheel bearing kit (FBK1524) to fit the Tesla Model S 2WD 2014>.
Global marketing director, Jon Roughley, said: “The EV sector is one that’s growing rapidly, and it’s not going to slow down, especially with the diesel and petrol ban that’s going to be enforced in 2030! It’s an area that the industry needs to continue educating themselves on and embrace, and while it’s a newer skillset for independent workshops, it’s certainly something that they can make their mark in and grow as a profitable arm of their business.
“We know that this is an area that more independent workshops and factors are investing in, and we want to continue to grow our product ranges to accommodate that. We’re committed to providing the aftermarket with premium quality, competitive and durable components.”