Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles (or EVs) are becoming more and more popular, with prices coming down too. And there are many different types of electric vehicles on the market today. Including hybrid cars, plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars and vans.

Hybrids typically have a small internal combustion engine that runs at low speeds; they use this engine to charge their batteries while they’re moving or when they’re stopped in traffic jams or at red lights. Plug-in Hybrids have larger batteries than regular hybrids and can be plugged into an electrical outlet to recharge them overnight or whilst at work. Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) run solely off their internal battery power without any assistance from an internal combustion engine (ICE).

The main benefit of owning an EV is their much lower emission levels than gas-powered vehicles, but there are other benefits as well. Tax benefits such as the salary sacrifice scheme of EVs, meaning employees pay less tax and save on fuel.

EVs can cause headaches for vehicle workshops as they can be more difficult to lift. This is mainly do to the size and position of the vehicle’s high voltage battery. These large batteries often cover the majority of the under side of the vehicle, and therefore encroach on the jacking points. As EVs increase in size, so do the batteries, and these batteries can be very heavy making some EVs heavier than their ICE counterparts.


With this technology still being fairly new, innovation is important to the growth of the EV industry. There are many examples of innovation in this field, including lifts designed specifically for EVs.


The initial cost of a lift designed for electric vehicles may be higher than standard lift, but without modifications it can be very hard to lift an EV without damaging the underside of the vehicle or the battery casing. Causing damage to a customers vehicle can be very costly and therefore we recommend using the correct lift for the job – every time.


Electric vehicle lifts are safer for the technician and also for the car. They prevent damage to the car’s battery, wiring, and electronics by lifting the vehicle from its wheels rather than the jacking points on the vehicles sills.

Electric vehicle lifts also make it easier for technicians to work on the battery as the arms of the lift do not get close to the underside of the vehicle. This is especially important if the battery is to be removed from the vehicle.

electric vehicle tesla on an OMCN lift

Best Practice

Using a lift specifically designed for electric vehicles is key to ensuring the protection of your EVs. These lifts are engineered with features tailored to the unique requirements of electric cars, making them an ideal choice for maintenance tasks. Notably, they boast arms compared to standard Car Lifts, ensuring easy access to the vehicles battery.

These specialised lifts are equipped with safety mechanisms that securely lock everything in place while working on high voltage systems found beneath the bonnets of EVs. This crucial safety element is vital for avoiding accidents.

Using a lift that’s not made specifically for EVs can cause damage, which could cost you thousands in repairs. By opting for an EV-specific lift instead, you can avoid the possibility of damaging your vehicle and any expensive fixes. Ultimately, this choice will save you time, money, and unnecessary stress.

Where to buy an EV Car Lift

When purchasing a Car Lift with Automotive Tools you can be sure of quality and excellence of product. Not only that, but when you buy from Automotive Tools you get much more than just the Car Lift. Our Technical Sales Team has decades of experience and are experts in every product we provide. We will help guide you through the process of choosing the right one for your needs as well as carrying out a thorough lift site survey.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have, and delivery and installation comes as standard. After installation we’ll even make sure that you are compliant with current Health & Safety regulations.