Motoring body data shows demand for electric vehicles rose by 48% last year, and plug-in hybrid vehicles by a massive 133% (Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders). Today, there are more than 100,000 plug-in vehicles on the road in the UK, compared with just 3,500 in 2013.
It’s a trend that seems likely to continue as the government looks set to increase infrastructure for electric and hybrid vehicles. The government’s ‘automated and electric vehicles bill’ aims to make it a legal requirement for motorway services and major petrol stations to install electric charging points.
So, it’s clear electric and hybrid vehicles are increasing in popularity, yet some garages and workshops could be missing out on this growing market, simply by not having the right tools for the job. Whether it’s regular maintenance or major repairs, it’s important for workshops to have the proper insulated, VDE approved tools to safely carry out work on hybrid or electric vehicles.
To help garages and workshops meet this rising demand, here at Draper Tools we have recently launched a huge range of socketry, including a series of VDE socket sets and individual accessories, designed for use with electric and hybrid vehicles. These are all part of the high-quality Draper Expert range and are manufactured from tough chrome vanadium steel, correctly hardened and tempered and chrome plated and feature the Draper Hi-Torq® 6 point drive system.
Every item in the VDE Socket range is manufactured to exacting DIN Standards and individually certified to EN 60900. For safe live working each socket has been tested to 10,000 volts, ensuring their ability to work at 1,000V AC or 1,500V DC.
The VDE range is based around three comprehensive VDE Socket Sets, which all come all come securely packed in a tough blow mould case, for easy storage and portability:
- 18-Piece 1/4″ Square Drive VDE Socket Set
- 19-Piece 3/8″ Square Drive VDE Socket Set
- 24-piece 1/2″ Square Drive VDE Socket Set
Correctly insulated, VDE certified tools such as these sets are absolutely essential to protect technicians working on electric and hybrid vehicles. Are you properly prepared for the continued popularity of these vehicles and the maintenance they’ll need? Take a look at the comprehensive range of VDE tools available from Draper Tools here.