New standards will be introduced by the country’s largest body of panel beaters to cope with increasing numbers of EVs, hybrids and vehicles equipped with advanced safety technology on local regional roads.
According to Ministry of Transport statistics, Wellington has the second highest rate of EV and hybrid ownership in NZ with 1,015 registered throughout the region.
CRA spokesperson Neil Pritchard says the industry is moving to stay ahead of the rapid evolution in car manufacturing which is increasing the complexity of vehicle repairs.
He says EVs bring with them their own set of challenges when damaged in an accident.
He says while EVs are touted as having a reduced need for mechanical servicing, when it comes to collision repairs, there is a significant increase in the risk and repair complexity to get them back on the road.
Around 53 light EVs are registered in Wellington every month - a 874 percent increase from an average of 11 registrations per month, just three years ago.