Premium automaker upskills Malaysian technicians with a high-level certification programme to prepare the local workforce for the acceleration of Electric Mobility in the country.
Kuala Lumpur, 15th July 2022 – BMW Group Malaysia is cultivating highly skilled experts in the field of Electric Mobility through its internationally recognised BMW High Voltage Expert Certification programme. In addition to enhancing the electric vehicle (EV) landscape in Malaysia with a wide network of charging infrastructure, the introduction of the certification here also serves to complement the uptake of electromobility since the arrival of the latest BMW i vehicles earlier this year.
Hans de Visser, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia said, “At the BMW Group, we have always believed that the future is Electric. Since BMW Group Malaysia first introduced BMW i to the country back in 2015, we have envisioned a Malaysia where electric mobility is fully embraced and have been working hard to that end. We understood the obstacles faced by Malaysians in adopting EVs, such as range anxiety, which we have been alleviating by rolling out EV infrastructure across the country. At the same time, service and repair are also important points of consideration, ensuring that BMW i owners have greater peace of mind when it comes to the ownership of their BMW electric vehicles.”
He added, “As such, the need for qualified experts in the field of Electric Mobility with the support of our network of dealership is crucial to our preparation for electrification and introduction of BMW i in the country. We remain committed to nurturing more local talents with high-level expertise that are recognised internationally.”
The BMW High Voltage Expert is a specialised talent who works at the highest level on BMW electric vehicles. Conducted at the BMW Group Regional Training Centre in Malaysia, the programme that certifies a BMW High Voltage Expert allows for the servicing and repair of the most advanced BMW i vehicles worldwide.
To qualify as a BMW High Voltage Expert, the prospect must already be an existing BMW High Voltage Technician, who must first undergo a pre-selection process which includes a knowledge assessment and an interview. The prospect would also need to obtain first aid certification and undergo a full body check-up. After which, they are put through 15 days of intensive training, with the requirement of passing two theory exams and four practical exams to proceed to the next stage. This is followed by a final theory exam and practical demonstration under live high voltage to secure the certification which is completed in another 10 days.
For BMW Group Malaysia, the BMW High Voltage Expert Certification is an important pillar in supporting the development of a mature ecosystem in Malaysia where EVs can thrive. As more BMW i vehicles are being introduced on Malaysian roads, greater accessibility to BMW certified experts ensures that the Premium Electric Ownership Experience is met at the highest standards for all owners of BMW i vehicles.