New electric vehicle service center now open in Indian Land
A message from: Meineke
Charlotte-based automotive repair shop Meineke Car Care recently opened its first electric and hybrid car service center just south of Charlotte in Indian Land, SC.
Why it's important: Meineke EV will fill a major gap in the market. Until now, Charlotte EV owners have had few options for repairs and maintenance other than the dealership.
- The background: EVs don't need oil changes (hybrid cars do), but they still require maintenance services like tire rotations and brake inspections.
The new Meineke EV center is a one-stop shop for both electric and hybrid vehicle owners to get repairs and maintenance.
- Plus, plus, plus: Until recently, the shop was a traditional Meineke Car Care center. As Meineke EV, it will continue to offer services for gas-powered vehicles as well.
The company hopes Meineke EV will set new industry standards and be a model for future EV centers.
What Meineke is saying: "This is uncharted territory, and there is no gold standard in EV service yet. We are hoping to set that gold standard and pave the path. We want to be the first as well as the best."
How it's done: Meineke Car Care locations are franchises, and Meineke EV's owner Mike Baden spearheaded the effort to convert his traditional car care center into the company's first EV service center.
An early Tesla adopter, Baden is passionate about EV technology and spent his own time and money to become an expert in the budding industry.
Baden completed Weber State University's Advanced EV Training program, learning under industry leader John D. Kelly.
Looking ahead: As EV adoption continues to rise (jumping 55% in North Carolina from August 2022 to August 2023 according to the Department of Transportation), Meineke plans to open more EV centers in 2024.
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