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Moving Electric Vehicles
More and more we are seeing greater numbers of hybrid and electric vehicles in our shops. These cars require new safety and repair procedures in order to repair the vehicle correctly and safely.
Hybrid and full electric vehicles use regenerative braking to help charge the HV batteries through inertia. As the vehicle is coasting or braking, electricity is generated at each wheel, helping to recharge the HV system. Because of this, hybrid and EV vehicles shouldn't be moved with their wheels on the ground. As the wheels move, the vehicle will charge the capacitors in the inverter/converter and cause the HV system to be charged, which can cause arc or accidental shock causing damage to those that are or come in contact with the vehicle.
Using a set of vehicle dollies will help you avoid this happening to you. Dollies, such as the ones from DJS Fabrications, lift the vehicle from the ground and keep the tires from turning.