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The continual rise in popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) is changing the automotive landscape – which means auto shops are having to adapt to expand their service offerings. Updating vehicle repair equipment and improving shop procedures are standard practices, but there are some unique considerations for the right tools to work on EVs and HEVs. When it comes to servicing batteries and other heavy components, selecting a reliable lifting table is crucial.

As different options flow into the market, here are some important questions to consider when looking for a strong, versatile lifting table that will make it easier for your shop to successfully perform a multitude of services on EVs, hybrids, exotics and more.

  1. Consider the design and purpose
    Was the table designed and built by a trusted manufacturer specifically for EV and HEV battery service? This is the first question you should ask. Modern EV batteries weigh about 1,000 pounds on average, with larger models as much as 4,000 pounds, so not just any table can accommodate them.
  2. Is it versatile enough for your needs?
    Is the table designed to handle only batteries, or can it accommodate other heavy vehicle components like transmissions and engines?
  3. Check the width
    With advancements in vehicle design, space limitations can make it increasingly difficult to reach and work on specific components. That’s why it’s important to consider the width you need to service EVs, hybrids and current exotic cars and trucks. Future-proof your shop with a lift wide enough to accommodate all vehicle types.
  4. Accessibility and security
    As shop layouts and accessibility evolve, your lifting table should fit right in. Make sure the table is easy to move and position and has secure and simple locking and unlocking features on the casters to keep it in place where you need it.
  5. Simple and accessible controls
    Time is money in the shop, and you won’t want to waste either with clunky controls on the lift. Make sure you can raise and lower the lift quickly and easily. Convenient foot pedal controls with a quality air system are easier to operate than hydraulic, manual or electric pumps.

With vehicle design and technology advancing faster than ever, now is the time to future-proof your operations. Consider adding Rotary’s LT33A lifting table to your shop. It’s single section scissor lift design has a wide, stable base to help technicians securely and safely remove and install electric vehicle packs and other heavy vehicle components.

Click here to learn more about the LT33A and get your shop prepared to service the cars and trucks of today–and tomorrow.