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New course lifts bonnet on hybrid vehicles

By Patrick Nelson

A new course will bring automotive technicians up to date with hybrid vehicle technology A new course will bring automotive technicians up to date with hybrid vehicle technology

Ten Central Australian automotive technicians are taking a detailed look at hybrid vehicles in a new course being offered at Alice Springs campus.

Automotive lecturer Rob Tucker said students in the Certificate II in Automotive Service Technology course would be up to date with the latest in hybrid vehicle technology by the time they had completed the course this month.

“With an internal combustion engine and an electric motor, hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Camry and Prius are somewhat more complex than a regular motor vehicle,” he said.

“We’ll be looking at how to test a high-voltage battery system, how to deactivate and reinitialise a power supply and how to service and maintain the electrical components in hybrid electric vehicles."

Mr Tucker said that while many training organisations offered a variety of courses relating to hybrid vehicle safety, CDU was one of just three universities in Australia offering units that specialised in servicing the hybrid.

Among the students is Sukuoluhle Sibanda, an automotive technician with the Peter Kittle Motor Company in Alice Springs.

“Sukuoluhle has the unique distinction of being the only student in the course who owns and drives a hybrid electric vehicle,” Mr Tucker said.