Rory, who is from Shrewsbury, attended a 4 day course of theory, practical tasks and examination at the Nissan Training College in Watford. Electric and hybrid vehicles present a new set of challenges to the technician, particularly as the batteries have to be safely discharged and disconnected when working on a vehicle.
Rory works on the all-electric Nissan LEAF and the all-electric e-NV200 van at the Featherbed Lane dealership. These vehicles have an electric motor with direct drive to the wheels rather than a standard engine and gearbox. Rory has to wear special protective gear, including high voltage protection gloves, as the 440 volt battery, as well as the 12 volt, could result in a serious or fatal injury if incorrectly handled.
Having been in the trade since he left school, Rory has a lot of experience working on cars, motorcycles and even trucks. He started his career on an apprenticeship. Rory joined Greenhous Nissan just over a year ago and is also a qualified MOT technician.
Rory is pictured with a Nissan LEAF on charge outside the Greenhous Nissan dealership. He says of his colleagues: “We have a great team here. We help each other out when needed and can always find time for a joke or two. It is good to work in a place where we have a good spirit and get on so well.”
There are two charging points at the Greenhous Nissan dealership where Nissan electric car owners can charge up for free.