High Voltage Training Powered by Christiani and IKM Instrutek

The future is electric, and Norway remains the measure of things in Europe when it comes to electromobility. In absolute terms, Norway, with a population of just 5,4 million residients, is actually the third largest market for electric cars in the world – after China and the United States.

Why are the Norwegians already there? Last but not least, this is due to the massive state support. The government decided in 2009 to exempt electric cars from VAT of 25 percent. In addition, vehicle taxes, registration, import, and customs duties are eliminated.

The maintenance and repair costs for electric vehicles are about 35 percent lower than those of a comparable vehicle with an internal combustion engine. Electric vehicles require a functioning battery and thermal management system, and rely on complex sensors for assistance systems, brakes, chassis, and comfort systems. They also need to be serviced and repaired – only a little bit more cautious in general, because up to 1.000 volts of voltage mean danger to life.

Modern electrical drive technology in motor vehicles requires additional qualification of workshop personnel. But even those who come into contact with “high voltage technology (HV)” in the production and development of such systems must be qualified as „specialists in high voltage technology in motor vehicles“. All required qualification levels can be mapped in terms of content with the new Christiani HV Trainer.

Christiani and our Norwegian partner IKM Instrutek have organised a two-day HV training in Larvik, Norway, in March 2020. Around 30 car technology specialists came together from all over Norway to further their training in the theoretical and practical application of the Christiani HV Trainer. As multipliers, the teachers now pass on the newly learned skills to their school network, the Thor Heyerdahl School, the Færder School and Bilfag (Training Network automotive science), and the trainees there.

„Lykke til mine kolleger i Norge. Det var en spennende, pedagogisk og kollegial trening”. Good luck to all colleagues in Norway. It was an exciting, educational and collegial training.

Text at the request of Christiani: Markus Milwa