Tools and Equipment Recomended to set up a Hybrid Shop

If you are just starting out on hybrids (HEV), plug-in hybrids (PHEV), electric vehicles (EV) or electric vehicles with extended range (EV-ER) this list below will help you with equipment and tools.

EVSEI often get asked in class "What Scan Tool should I buy?" It depends on what you already own. I use OEM scan tools most of the time (Yes, I still work on cars) when they are available (which is most of the time) but at every Up Your Voltage! class we have a scan tool shoot out that helps ACDC stay on top of what is working and what is not.

ACDC is not paid by any scan tool companies.

Hybrid Scan Tool Info:

Has some Hybrid info: Launch, Maxidas, Snap-on , AutoEnginuity (Leaf), G Scan.

General Hybrid Tools, Safety Equipment to do minor service and preventive maintenance   

 

  • CAT III 1000v DVOM (Meter) plus end and leads
  • Insulation Tester (slang is Megger)
  • Milli-Ohm meter  
  • Insulated tools for HV battery replacement
  • Scopes will need "Differential Probes" to make them safe. Three required.
  • Class 0 1000v insulated rubber gloves (with leather protectors and storage bag)
  • Scan tool that has hybrid data
  • Non-conductive workbench tops
  • Hybrid Battery Charger
  • EVSE Charger to recharge a Plug-in Car 
  • Information
  • Training

Honda

  • IMA Pullers (to remove Electric Motor Rotor). 2 different pullers needed to do  all Hondas

Ford

  • Good Scan tool

GM

  • Volt HV battery Lift Fixture and table 

Toyota

  • Good Scan Tool

Equipment that ACDC owns and recommends:

  • FLUKE 88V  CAT III
  • FLUKE 87V  CAT III
  • PICO 4 CHANNEL SCOPES
  • 3 PICO Differntial Probes
  • SILVERTRONICS CATIII LEAD KIT
  • MIDTRONICS BATTERY TESTER   12 Volt Batteries
  • MIDTRONICS BATTERY TESTER   HYB1000 HV tester  (discontinued spring 2017 ) 
  • MIDTRONICS BATTERY CHARGER for reflashing  12v
  • MIDTRONICS VOLT HV battery charge / discharge tool
  • Volt Lift Fixture
  • Leaf Lift Fixture
  • FACTORY SCAN TOOLS
  • SHOP MANUALS FOR ALL ACDC HYBRIDS
  • WEB ACCESS TO ALL HYBRID OEMS
  • VETRONIX PORTABLE 5 GAS
  • MAGID GLOVE HY-ARC KIT(s)

 

Last Update 07/07/17