Land Rover Trains Mechanics To Reduce EV Repair Cost

If your Land Rover needs engine repairs, the chances are that this means fixing machinery driven by diesel. But for the newer electric vehicles in the range, repair work has been a costly business so far.

This is due to the low number of qualified mechanics who are trained to fix EVs instead of standard petrol and diesel engines. But this is changing, with the maker expanding its Future Skills Programme. 

It plans to train another 15,000 employees in electrification and digitisation work in addition to the 20,000 already upskilled, to support the manufacture and maintenance of the growing fleet of electric Land Rovers.

With the skills and services no longer being scarce as the qualified workforce grows, the cost of making and repairing such vehicles should also fall.

Jaguar Land Rover’s executive director of industrial operations Barbara Bergmeier said: “Our plans to electrify our ultra desirable modern luxury brands are unfolding at speed and I’m delighted with the pace that our Future Skills Programme is readying our talented workforce.”

Of course, if you need repairs to an older model, you can still rely on plenty of expertise and experience on hand to fix your engine and get your vehicle back in full working order swiftly.

While a new generation of electric Land Rovers has emerged and been largely well received, some older models have actually been modified with new electric motors.

In one case, the Robb Report has praised the off-roading capability of an all-electric Defender Restorod model. The 2005 Defender was fitted by electric vehicle engineering firm Bedeo with in-wheel electrics, an innovation it claims is a first.

The vehicle had 120,000 miles on the clock before its conversion, so this was a well-used Land Rover whose old engine had been around the block a few times. Now, however, it was performing well in its new electric mode, with 11,500 miles already recorded.

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