Demand for servicing has risen dramatically, as a result of an increase in the overall stock of cars following high new car sales in recent years. There is a shortage of mechanics and vehicle engineers. This is partly because the number of cars has increased, while the vehicle stock itself is in transition from conventional to more eco-friendly fuels. This, coupled with rapid technological development, calls for increasingly sophisticated education and training.
Consequently, the modern automotive industry has an urgent need for more vehicle engineers specialising in new technology and new fuels. Bilia invests heavily in training every year alongside general agents, specifically to ensure that we have access to the latest expertise.
One long-term challenge is that electric cars may bring lower servicing turnover than cars that run on fossil fuels. The number of electric cars sold is expected to increase moving forward, provided the tax systems are favourable.
Electric cars currently comprise only around 1 per cent of the car stock in Sweden and around 6 per cent in Norway. For this reason, the knock-on effects for Bilia’s Service Business in the years to come are expected to be limited. Bilia will continuously adapt its future business to any changes related to electric cars.