Autopromotec - All the challenges for the future of car repairs

To Autopromotec 2022, the fair ofself-repair in progress until tomorrow at the Bologna exhibition center, there are many innovations that the world of maintenance andaftermarket is facing, even with respect only to the last pre-pandemic edition of 2019. The great transformations that are shaking the car world, inevitably also affect the car repair sector, after a year, 2021, in which spending for the purchase and operation of motor vehicles (cars, commercial vehicles, industrial vehicles and buses) returned to be worth more than 10% of last year’s GDP (10.2% to be precise), for a value of over 180 billion euros. The year in which the registrations of electric cars pure and plug-ins, which achieved a 9.3% market share, while hybrids reached 29%. Precisely the transition from endothermic engines to electrified ones, together with the new obligations for the cybersecurity of vehicles that now also involve all those who have to get their hands on them in the aftermarket and the standardization of the calibration systems of the adas, are just three of the challenges that the entire sector is facing. And to which he seeks answers precisely at Autopromotec.

Autopromotec Observatory. With the gradual easing of restrictions in the course of 2021, Italians have resumed moving, resulting in a sharp increase in fuel consumption, up by more than 30% compared to 2020, for an expenditure of 59 billion euros for gasoline. diesel, LPG and methane. After spending on fuels, there is that for the purchase of new vehicles (44 billion euros, + 11.9% on 2020) and for their maintenance and repair, for an outlay of almost 35 billion euros. (+ 6.2% compared to 2020). On the other hand, spending on insurance was the only one in decline, reaching over 17 billion euros. The ranking of the main expenditure items closes with those for shelters and parking (almost 10 billion, up 12.9% on 2020), for car taxes (6.5 billion, + 16% compared to 2020), for tolls motorways (6.1 billion, up 23%) and for tires (2.5 billion euros, + 16.5% on 2020).

The challenges of the sector. Protagonist of a space set up ad hoc, with several full electric vehicles on display, including the prototype of the Lamborghini on tap, the Third Millennium, and a conference on the challenges and opportunities of the electric world is Electric city which saw the participation of the honorable Gianluca Benamati: “There are conditions in Italy to carry out the transition to electric mobility over the next few years using energy specifically produced from renewable sources. This is a necessary condition in order not to frustrate the ecological advantages of switching to electric “. In a sector to be supported: “For this, 12 billion euros have been allocated until 2030, which will be used to support the automotive market through incentives for the purchase of new cars and also to relaunch the research and development phase of new solutions and the training of automotive sector employees “, added the Honorable Member. “In the next few years there will be many electric models put on the market by car manufacturers, with an offer that will be increasingly varied and widespread in all market segments. To continue effectively on this path, it is necessary that environmental sustainability be married. more and more with economic and social sustainability and that we continue swiftly along the path of technological neutrality “, commented Michele Crisci, president Unrae. Marco Belletti, Head of Communications of Free2move eSolutionswho underlined the importance of investments in research and development: “For example, an experiment promoted by Stellantis And Terna on Vehicle to Grid technology, which, thanks to the use of bidirectional columns, makes it possible to use electric cars temporarily parked as energy reserves to absorb peak consumption from the grid. “Giuliano Maddalena, CEO of the Consortium, spoke about batteries Ecopower: “Correct recycling can only be managed by controlled supply chains. The circularity of lithium batteries starts from the waste collection. Initially, the batteries need to be completely discharged safely. Then they are subjected to scrupulous checks and in the end batteries are obtained. reusable, for example, for energy storage: a useful function in developing countries, without a structured electricity grid “. Finally, the position of the general manager on the role of the self-repair of Texa Luciano Marton: “For a mechanic, the arrival of electric vehicles involves a world of specific activities and solutions that are being developed. In electric cars there are fewer components, but of a greater complexity than those present in an internal combustion engine. It is a false myth that the electric takes away work from workshops: electric cars have new and additional needs and require specific maintenance engineering “.

Ad hoc tools. Maintenance for electric vehicles that need tools designed for that, such as the new MT-HV module that can be combined with the mega macs X multi-brand diagnosis tool, for high voltage measurements on hybrid and electric vehicles of Hella Gutmannnaturally already in compliance with the new regulations for cybersecurity, also followed by the Secure Diagnostic Access system of Bosch which provides a single access key to protected diagnostic content, or with the CCS 2 Dynamics of Texa, the first multi-environment and transportable facility for ADAS diagnoses. Adas that increasingly require a standardization of the systems to regulate them, with digital and non-physical calibration panels, as it still does, Hella with its solution based on Apple TV and Epson projectors, to be able to access the panels of all brands at any time.

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