Feb 8, 2022 - Energy & Environment

The electric vehicle revolution comes to auto service providers

Illustration of a car with a battery-shaped license plate with electricity symbols on it

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The auto services and products provider Valvoline is launching offerings tailored to electric vehicles in some retail locations.

Why it matters: Valvoline's announcement on Monday is the latest sign of how incumbent auto-related companies are adapting to the growth of EVs.

Catch up fast: In late January, for instance, Bridgestone said it would offer expanded EV services at dozens of Firestone Complete Auto Care and Wheel Works centers in Austin and San Francisco.

  • Jiffy Lube in late 2021 announced it was beginning to expand EV-tailored services in some locations, Charged Fleet reports.
  • Valvoline has a partnership with the EV startup Arrival — which is targeting the van, bus and ride-hailing market — as one of its U.S. service providers.

Zoom in: Valvoline said it's piloting services like inspection and maintenance for EV owners.

  • Some of it is about the type of maintenance needed for gas-powered cars too — think tire rotation, wipers and such — but overall will have a "specific focus" on EVs, the company said.
Data: BloombergNEF, MarkLines, Jato, JADA, Motie; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

One reason auto service companies want in on EVs is that sales are growing rapidly, as you can see above.

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