World’s First Aftermarket Electric Vehicle Training Center To Open This May In Wisconsin


Automotive Research & Design (AR&D)

Image From AR&D’s website.

Automotive Research & Design (AR&D) is launching a training center  focused on hybrid & electric vehicles.

The company, located in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, is dedicated to offering alt-fuel vehicle solutions and creating specialty diagnostic equipment.

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Now That’s The Shop I’d Like To Train In!!!

This program offers classroom and hands-on training to provide all necessities in order to diagnose and service all hybrids and electric vehicles of all makes and models.

The site consists of a 4,000 square-foot work shop for up to six vehicles for hands-on training, along with a wide variety of tools like OEM and aftermarket scanners, thermal imaging cameras, and AR&D’s hybrid and electric vehicle diagnostic and repair equipment kits for components such as batteries and transmissions.  All of this and the classwork is authenticated by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International.

AR&D has been around since 1987 with a goal of creating business partnerships that create solutions for hybrids and electric vehicles.  As Chief technical officer of AR&D, Dr. Mark Quarto, states:

“This training center environment will be the first of its kind in the automotive aftermarket, to educate and train students by bridging the complex OEM hybrid and electric systems technology with innovative aftermarket diagnostic and service engineering solutions.”

There will be a grand opening at the facility along with a limited-seating one-day training event May 15, 2014.

More details about the event, as well as information on AR&D, can be found here.

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4 Comments on "World’s First Aftermarket Electric Vehicle Training Center To Open This May In Wisconsin"

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Cool, I was wondering when this would start.

Dennis Miles (EVprofessor)

Why does the SAE website not acknowledge your presence? In fact they state their certifications in EV and Hybrid are for engineers and designated academia, not Mechanics or Service providers.
Whats with that?

Dennis Miles (EVprofessor)

I like your picture but I have seen it on the AR&D website, as the shop in Washington state. In fact both pictures are from there, what does the new facility (which opened three days ago) look like?

Dennis Miles (EVprofessor)

Because your curriculum concentrates on the products serviced by major automotive automotive manufacturers, and their dealers already provide their employed mechanics with manufacturers produced Hybrid service and repair training, where can YOUR graduates obtain employment?? (In this region five years or more seniority is mandated for the Hybrid service mechanics at local dealership service departments. New Hybrids and EV are warranted for up to 10 years of dealer service…Were will they work for the years until 2020 when some warranties will expire??