KUALA LUMPUR: BMW Group Malaysia shines a spotlight on its highly skilled experts in the field of electric mobility from the BMW High Voltage Expert (HVE) certification programme.
Led by the BMW Group Regional Training Centre, the internationally recognised programme to further develop the local electric vehicle (EV) workforce in Malaysia is a one-of-a-kind programme for the premium automaker outside Munich, Germany.
In their latest video on sustainability, the premium automaker shares the inspiring stories of people behind the BMW Group’s toughest certification, highlighting the critical role of EV technicians in driving the widespread adoption of EVs in Malaysia.
Part 1 of the video showcases what it takes to become a HVE in Malaysia while Part 2 of the series demonstrates how BMW Group Malaysia is upskilling the local EV workforce with the BMW HVE certification programme.
Hans de Visser, managing director of BMW Group Malaysia said, “At the BMW Group, we recognise that service and repair are important points of consideration for many customers of our EV portfolio, many of which have shared concerns with the lack of technical know-how in Malaysia that dampens their interest to make the switch to EVs. We took it upon ourselves to develop an extensive network of charging infrastructure nationwide and introduced the HVE certification here to also complement the uptake of electromobility in the past few years.”
He added, “We hope these videos capture that spirit and goes on to inspire other local technicians to also upskill to meet the rising tide of electromobility in Malaysia.”
The latest video by BMW Group Malaysia aims to pivot traditionally held stereotypes of automotive technicians as blue-collared workers to one that recognises the high level of knowledge and technical skills required in the field of IT and electrical systems to excel in this profession.
Careers in the automotive field, especially for technicians equipped with EV capabilities, is the future – and this is exemplified through the stories of three newly certified HVEs from the BMW dealership network, along with the highly-skilled trainers from the BMW Group Regional Training Centre.
Conducted at the BMW Group Regional Training Centre in Malaysia, the HVE programme allows for the servicing and repair of the most advanced BMW i vehicles worldwide.
In the same vein of developing the EV ecosystem in Malaysia, the premium automaker has also made over 1,000 charging facilities available in its network thus far.
Access to over 400 of these facilities provided are through partnerships with ChargEV and Yinson Greentech, while the partnership with JomCharge enables access to over 100 charging facilities, Gentari with over 150 facilities as well as 160 facilities from new partners such as Shell Recharge with ParkEasy, ChargeN’Go, ChargeSini, Go To-U and FlexiParking.
Over 100 BMW i and MINI charging facilities are also available at most authorised dealerships, as well as partnering venues across the country.