Electric vehicles are on an upward trend in Malaysia and with more and more cozying to the idea of electric car ownership, BMW Malaysia is getting ahead to prepare itself and its customers for when EVs ownership becomes more mainstream.
In doing so, the company is cultivating highly skilled individuals in the field of electric mobility through its BMW High Voltage Expert Certification programme.
A ‘BMW High Voltage Expert’ is an individual who specialises in the area of BMW electric vehicles. The programme is conducted at the BMW Group Regional Training Centre in Malaysia, to train BMW High Voltage Expert capable of performing servicing and repair works on BMW i vehicles worldwide.
To qualify as a BMW High Voltage Expert, the prospect must first be an existing BMW High Voltage Technician. A BMW High Voltage Technician has to first undergo a pre-selection process which includes a knowledge assessment and an interview. The prospect would also need to obtain first aid certification and undergo a full body check-up.
The prospect will then undergo 15 days of intensive training, and is required to pass two theory and four practical examinations before proceeding to the next stage. This is followed by a final theory exam and practical demonstration with high live voltage to secure the certification.
BMW Group Malaysia, Managing Director, Hans de Visser said, “Since BMW Group Malaysia first introduced BMW i to the country back in 2015, we have envisioned a Malaysia where electric mobility is fully embraced and have been working hard to that end. We understood the obstacles faced by Malaysians in adopting EVs, such as range anxiety, which we have been alleviating by rolling out EV infrastructure across the country.”
“At the same time, service and repair are also important points of consideration. As such, the need for qualified experts in the field of Electric Mobility is crucial to our preparation for electrification and introduction of BMW i in the country,” he added.