Be part of a UK study on electric vehicles


A team of postgraduate student researchers in the Master of Public Administration programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is exploring the potential effects of the shift from petrol and diesel vehicles to hybrid and electric vehicles, on the automotive repair industry in the UK.

Through focus group interviews with technicians, garage owners, training providers, students, and apprentices, this research aims to explore:

  • The skills and education necessary to repair electric and hybrid vehicles
  • The readiness of the industry and training providers to equip workers with those skills
  • Awareness and perceptions of the shift to hybrid and electric vehicles
  • Possible support that the government and local authorities could provide

Once the team has compiled all the information its aim is to recommend actions for government and local authorities to prepare the sector to service hybrid and electric vehicles and to protect the livelihoods of workers through skills policies.

Add your voice

In order for the project to generate as much real-world information as possible it wants to speak to people in the industry. And that’s where you come in.

Are you a vehicle technician or training to become one? Have you noticed changes in the automotive industry as electric vehicles become more popular?  

This is an opportunity to make your voice heard, contributing to research that will inform policymakers on how to help prepare the sector for the ‘green transition’. If you meet the following criteria maybe you can help shape the future of the industry:

  • Who can participate: vehicle technicians, garage owners, technicians in training and EV training providers in the UK.
  • How to participate: join a 20-30 minute online focus group. Please fill out this form and the students will contact you with more information!

In addition to supporting students’ research and learning, participants can choose to receive the final research report, gaining a deeper understanding of the transition’s effects on the automotive sector.