I feel extremely fortunate to have the support of the forward minded department heads at Northwestern Michigan College who saw the demand for training in this new technology. Thanks to them, the students who finish our class will have a valuable skill set to offer their future employers. Over the next few weeks, students will test and treat the batteries from our small fleet of HEV's. There are over 2.5 million Toyota Prius HEV's on the road today. Add to that the rest of the automaker's offerings and it's obvious that the demand for qualified technicians with the skills to maintain and repair these vehicles will surpass the available workforce.
Bus bars connecting the modules
Corroded bus bars
Battery bottom showing temperature sensors
Individual battery modules
Ford escape battery
Charging an individual Prius battery module