The Auto Innovation Centre (AIC) will become a new Zero and Low Emission Vehicle (ZLEV) hub after it was awarded a grant by the Victorian Government as part of their Zero Emission Vehicles Commercial Sector Innovation Fund.
Working closely with the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the grant will allow the AIC to help aftermarket product manufacturers ensure modified ZLEVs remain fit for purpose and provide automotive technicians with opportunities to upskill on ZLEV technology. Both initiatives are designed to help consumers access safe, reliable, and affordable ZLEV aftermarket parts, servicing and repair.
“The AIC is uniquely placed to support the automotive industry’s uptake of Zero Emission Vehicles given our existing role supporting the aftermarket with testing services and our facility built with automotive training and development in mind,” said Luke Truskinger, AIC Managing Director.
“The AIC will be investing in ZLEVs, charging infrastructure and specialised ZLEV tools and equipment to be at the forefront of this important evolution for the automotive industry. The AIC will become a hub for aftermarket companies wishing to develop new products for these vehicles and become a key training facility for technicians to gain the specialist knowledge required to repair and maintain ZLEVs.”
Stuart Charity, CEO of the AAAA, said the association monitors ZLEV take-up rates and barriers to ensure the industry can respond to the challenges of the emerging sector. “It is our role to support our sector to develop and fulfill important new industry responsibilities in relation to the growing segment of ZLEVs within the automotive industry,” said Charity.
The Auto Innovation Centre’s new ZLEV capability will commence in early 2023. The AAAA will work closely with the AIC to develop and facilitate education and training programmes to fast-track industry support as ZLEVs evolve.
Photo: Vicky Ward MP (left) with Jack Day (centre) and Stuart Chittenden (right) of AIC.