Impact of Battery Electric Vehicle And Hybrid Electric Vehicle Repair and Service at Independent Repair Shops

Between May 3rd and June 30th, 2021, IMR interviewed 1,000 independent automotive repair shops, nationally representative by location in the U.S., to get insight into their service exposure to Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) vehicles. Additionally, the research gained insight into the shop’s investment in tools/equipment and training for BEVs/HEVs, whether they market these service capabilities and their view of when they believe BEVs and HEVs will impact their business amongst other insights.

67% of independent repair shops indicate a portion of their business is from servicing battery electric vehicles.  On average, 3.1% (or 3 of every 100 vehicles serviced) are BEVs.  Heavy BEV populated states, particularly California, and East coast shops tend to have higher service percentages while the Midwest shops have lower percentages.

Chart Showing Percentage Of Battery Electric Vehicles Serviced At Independent Auto Repair Shops

75% of independent repair shops indicate a portion of their business is from servicing hybrid electric vehicles.  On average, 6.2% are HEVs. BEVs and HEVs account for less business for 1 – 3 bay shops (0.5% BEV; 1.6% HEV) versus larger 8+ bay shops (9.2% BEV; 14.7% HEV). Shops located in the West (7.7%) have nearly double the percentage of business from HEVs than shops located in the Midwest (4.2%).

Chart Showing Percentage Of Hybrid Electric Vehicles Serviced At Independent Auto Repair Shops

Of the independent repair shops that service BEVs, over the past two years 89.4% have seen an increase in the number of those vehicles coming to their shop for service.  Similarly, of shops that service HEVs, over the past two years, 87.4% have seen an increase in the number of those vehicles coming to their shop for service. 

Data Table Showing Percent Of Increase In BEVs And HEVs Serviced At Independent Auto Repair Shops

While these shops have seen increases in these vehicles coming in for service and repair, 69.9% do not actively market or advertise that their shop is specifically capable of servicing BEVs and HEVs. However, shops with 1 to 3 bays tend to market that service capability more (57.3%) than their larger competitors even though they do not see as much of their business from those vehicles.

Chart Showing Percent Of Automotive Repair Shops That Promote Electric Or Hybrid Vehicle Services

Amongst all independent repair shops, 27.5% have invested in tools/equipment to service BEVs/HEVs and 30.5% have invested in BEV/HEV training for their technicians.

Chart Showing Percent Of Automotive Repair Shops That Invest In Electric Or Hybrid Vehicle Tools Or Training

When it comes to keeping up to date on industry trends on BEVs and HEVs, 46.7% of shops say that their primary supplier keeps them up to date.

Chart Showing Percent Of Automotive Repair Shops Up To Date On BEV-HEV Trends

Forty percent of shops believe the increasing number of EVs and HEVs on the road will impact their business over the next two years; 38.7% do not and 21.4% don’t know. Of the 38.7% that do not believe the increasing number of BEVs and HEVs on the road will impact their business in the next two years, 55.1% believe it’ll take 10 years or longer to see an impact; 13.4% believe it will never impact their business.

Chart Showing Percent Of Impact BEV-HEV On Automotive Repair Shop Business

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