The company is at the forefront of new industry advancements that support accurate and efficient EV collision damage assessments as the market prepares for rapid growth
SAN DIEGO, September 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Mitchell, a leading provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the property and casualty claims and collision repair industries, today announced enhancements to Mitchell Cloud Estimating that can simplify the process of Collision Damage Assessment for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV). These enhancements, which come as the electric vehicle (EV) industry prepares for unprecedented growth, establish Mitchell’s position as a pioneer in the development of advanced assessment and claims management solutions for utility companies. car insurance and body repairers.
Historically, estimation platforms have not taken into account the design differences between electric vehicles and their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts. This can create challenges for insurance appraisers and body repairers. Without EV-specific parts and categories, they must write BEV damage assessments using ICE alternatives, which can impact the accuracy of the estimate and the efficiency of the assessor.
Improvements to Mitchell Cloud Estimating will address these challenges by incorporating new features not available on other assessment platforms. This includes tools designed to simplify the estimating process and support proper and safe repair. Among these new tools are specific to electric vehicles:
- Vehicle types – Once the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is decoded, Mitchell Cloud Estimating automatically updates the UI, making it specific to BEVs instead of ICE-powered passenger, commercial and specialty vehicles.
- Parts categories – New part categories dynamically present relevant part data in a way that relates specifically to electric vehicles.
- Data organization –EV data is now organized in a consistent way, helping appraisers easily locate the information needed to complete the estimate.
- Qualifications – Mitchell has established industry standard definitions for EV battery capacity and motor size which appear on the vehicle selection screen and under the vehicle description detail on the printed estimate.
According to Bloomberg, the United States surpassed 5% of sales of new cars powered solely by electricity this summer, a critical tipping point that signals the start of mass adoption of electric vehicles. In CanadaIHS Markit reported that 1 in 20 new vehicle registrations in 2021 were for BEVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), a jump of almost 6% from 2020. Some automakers are switching to all-electric fleets, EVs will inevitably show up in more collision claims in the future.
“We are seeing more electric vehicles in the store than ever before,” said Jeff Bagget, owner of Classic Car Motoring, Inc., a certified EV collision repair center for Mercedes, Tesla and Rivian. “Having an estimating platform that accounts for differences in EV design and build is really going to save us time. And being able to use that same platform for damage assessments on all types of vehicles (passenger, commercial and specialist) is a real game-changer.”
“Gasoline prices are accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles and leading one in four Americans to say they are likely to buy an electric vehicle the next time they buy an automobile. -form of damage assessment that can support these vehicles,” said debbie day, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Mitchell’s Auto Physical Damage Division. “Mitchell continues to lead the industry in developing breakthrough technology that streamlines the automotive claims process and supports the safe return of EV and ICE vehicle owners to the road.”
Patent-pending EV enhancements to Mitchell Cloud Estimating will be available later this year.
For more information about the company’s cloud-based assessment solution, visit Mitchell’s website. You can also follow Mitchell on Twitter @MitchellClaims and @MitchellRepair for property damage and collision repair updates.
About Mitchell International
Based at San Diego, California., Mitchell International, Inc. provides intelligent technology solutions and services to the auto insurance, collision repair, disability, and workers’ compensation markets. With deep industry expertise, connections across the insurance ecosystem, and cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and cloud-based solutions, Mitchell enables its clients and clients to succeed in today’s ever-changing environment. Each month, Mitchell processes tens of millions of transactions for more than 300 insurers, 20,000 collision repair centers and 70,000 pharmacies. Its comprehensive portfolio of solutions and services enables clients to restore lives after a difficult event.
Mitchell, Genex and Coventry recently aligned their joint industry expertise and advanced technology solutions to form Enlyte, a parent brand with more than 6,000 associates committed to simplifying and optimizing P&C and disability claims processes and services.
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