DIRECTORS of SME firms that have switched to the Tesla Model 3 electric cars for environmental and tax saving reasons, are being warned that tyre replacement requires specialised lifting equipment for simple jobs such as changing a wheel.
Most service centres will not have the specialised rubber pads needed to lift the vehicle safely without risking damage to the expensive under-floor located battery. The new rubber pads, which include a locating pin that fits into the car’s underside, allow for the safe jacking of vehicles such as Tesla’s Model 3, where the positioning of the electric vehicle’s battery can make lifting the car difficult.
All ATS Euromaster service centres have been issued with a set of four pads, while all mobile units have a set of two pads for jobs off-site. The company says it has pre-empted what it expects to be significant demand from fleet drivers as the Tesla Model 3 increases in popularity as a company car, thanks to the significant tax advantages electric vehicles enjoy. There are in excess of 50,000 Tesla vehicles on the UK’s roads, of which more than 32,000 are the company’s Model 3.
Mark Holland, Operations Director from ATS Euromaster, said: “Safety is paramount at ATS Euromaster. We won’t put a technician in harm’s way, or risk damaging a customer’s vehicle. That is why we have rolled these jacking pads out across our network ensuring that ATS Euromaster customers can rest easy when having their tyres replaced.
“Allocating equipment across all sites and mobile units, we know that whenever a Tesla driver books their vehicle in with ATS Euromaster, they can be sure that their car will be lifted correctly and safely. By minimising the risk of significant damage to their vehicle and the technician working on it, this equipment will give greater peace of mind to all involved – particularly those fleet managers concerned about SMR costs.”