Turkey's leading simulator and robotic technology company, SANLAB, continues its efforts to close the employment gap in issues such as the maintenance and repair of electric vehicles in the near future. Explaining that they will help hundreds of thousands of fossil fuel engine masters to become electric vehicle maintenance masters with the electric vehicle training project, SANLAB Founding Partner Salih Kükrek said, “We will solve the employment problem in the near future with our domestic technologies and local masters. Within the scope of this project, we will be a pioneer in the world with Turkey's electric vehicle masters”.
An era in the automobile industry is slowly coming to an end. Global vehicle giants are turning to electric vehicles by completing their R&D studies on internal combustion engines. Recently, US President Joe Biden signed a decree that stipulates that 2030 percent of the passenger cars and light trucks that will be sold in the country by 50 will be zero emission. On the other hand, the European Union stipulates that the emission rates of cars to be sold in Europe by 2030 should be 60 percent lower than they are now, and to be reduced by 2035 percent by 100. Global vehicle giants are also introducing their hybrid and electric models one by one at the launch of their new vehicles. Although the sales of electric vehicles in world vehicle sales are currently at the level of 1 percent, only electric vehicles will be seen on the roads in the near future.
Turkey's leading simulator and robotic technology company, SANLAB, continues its efforts to close the employment gap in the field of maintenance and repair of electric vehicles in the near future. Stating that only electric vehicles can be produced in Europe after 2030 and the sale of internal combustion engines will be banned, SANLAB Co-Founder Salih Kükrek said, “There will be an increase in demand for electric cars in the USA and Europe earlier than expected. As a result, there will be a big change in the automotive industry and people working in automotive after-sales services, especially in Europe, will be greatly affected by this situation.”
Opportunity to practice with training simulation
Underlining that electric vehicle owners will also have problems in maintenance and repair in this process, Kükrek said, “As SANLAB, we acted early and talked to global electric vehicle manufacturers. With the simulation we are working on, we will help transform hundreds of thousands of fossil fuel engine masters into electric vehicle maintenance masters. Regardless of the brand and model, the most important issue in the maintenance of electric vehicles is electrical safety. Currently, the trainings are given directly on the vehicle and pose a danger to the personnel. With the simulations we have developed, operations such as locking the vehicle, that is, de-energizing, engine and battery maintenance and part replacement will be carried to the virtual world. Masters with theoretical training; They will be able to practice on many subjects such as electric vehicles, batteries and engines through simulation and continue their profession with a different competence”.
“Electric vehicle masters trained in Turkey will be pioneers in the world”
Noting that they are in contact with various professional organizations, universities and vocational schools as well as vehicle manufacturers, Kükrek said, “With our project that we have been working on for about two years, Turkey's electric vehicle masters will be the pioneers in the world. We will solve the employment problem to be experienced in the near future with our domestic technologies and local craftsmen. Within the scope of this project, we think that Turkey will send qualified personnel and trainers to Europe and that Europe's electric vehicle masters will also be trained in Turkey.”
Training with simulation is both safe and cost-effective
Kükrek noted that the costs decreased, the quality of the training increased, and the job was learned by doing the job without any danger with the training carried out with simulation, and said, “According to the opinion of the training experts, a personnel with full theoretical training needs to practice for a minimum of 20 hours in order to complete the learning process of the construction machine operator. For example, a backhoe loader consumes an average of 8 liters of fuel per hour. Under normal circumstances, spending that much fuel is a huge expense and increases training costs. In addition, during practice, personnel can break these very expensive machines or endanger their own life. Again, according to the current curriculum, a welder needs 300 hours of practice to train. Under these conditions, it is unfortunately difficult for a public school to provide this much material to one person. The cost of conducting a welding exam for a person in a vocational high school class reaches 6 thousand liras. In addition, in the welding practice, there is a possibility of being affected by the gas coming out of the electricity and the burrs formed. With our simulation training, which has a sense of reality close to 100 percent, young people; he learns the job, knows the machine, develops dexterity by practicing without danger. Simulation eliminates these costs and dangers and makes the training process measurable. The right job can match the right people. It can do all these with a budget as low as the electricity costs of a computer and a screen. In this context, simulations close the gap between the classroom and industry.”