Tools & Equipment

Aussie solar car startup to showcase at SEMA 2015

Melbourne­based electric vehicle technology startup
EVX ( has announced it will be exhibiting its scaled down model custom
solar car and spin­off technologies at the world’s largest automotive speciality parts trade show
in the world, the SEMA Show 2015 at Las Vegas Convention Center, USA in November.

EVX is a collaboration with the leading electric vehicle R&D group at Swinburne University of
Technology and experienced local engineers who have designed and produced award winning
solar racing cars. The engineering team at EVX is led by electric vehicle expert Dr Clint Steele.

Co­-Founder & CEO of EVX Barry Nguyen said “Without government funding so far, we have
made significant progress in our R&D and getting closer to turn our ambitious vision into a
reality. With the strong leadership of Dr Clint Steele, we have succeeded in keeping our
approach lean through working with final year engineering students and new graduate
engineers. ”


MILWAUKEE – The new BOLT® J-MountTM bracket mounting system allows Jeep TJ and JK off-road enthusiasts to securely attach their hi-lift jack to the side of their vehicle for easy, vertical access.

To protect this critical Jeep accessory, the J-Mount features the one-key convenience of BOLT lock technology, which permanently programs the lock to the Jeep owner’s vehicle ignition key, eliminating the need for extra keys. Once the ignition key is inserted into the lock cylinder, spring-loaded plate tumblers move up and down and the first time the key is rotated, the cylinder is uniquely coded to that key. An auto-return spring locks automatically when the key is removed.


Our device allows the average shop to program or re-flash modules in vehicles from 1996 to present under the J2534 protocol. Its fast and easy, just it on, plug it in, select wifi and COMPUFLASH does the rest. We are currently servicing domestic and foreign such as TOYOTA, NISSAN, MAZDA & HONDA (EUROPEAN coming soon.

Bosch releases Esitronic Truck, its first heavy-duty truck all makes/all models scan tool for North America

Bosch has released Esitronic Truck, its first North American heavy-duty (HD) truck scan. Esitronic Truck covers all major HD truck, MD truck, engine, transmission, and brake system combinations with diagnostics and embedded repair information. Esitronic Truck will offer a solution to independent repair shops and fleets seeking a single scan tool for all their HD and medium duty trucks.

“For years there has not been an all-encompassing tool in the HD aftermarket that gives technicians what they need – all makes/models diagnostics coverage combined with repair information,” said Matt Stein, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions senior product manager of electronics, heavy-duty diagnostics and direct-test electronics. “Esitronic Truck is that and more, aligning repair info with testing to saving repair time and overall costs. It fills a direct need in the market.”

Bosch offers sub-$10K DC Fast Charger for North America

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Expanding on its position as a market leader in providing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions has announced the Power DCPlus DC fast charger in North America, starting at under $10,000. Using the SAE J1772 DC Combo connector, the 24kW Bosch Power DCPlus will charge compatible EVs to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes. The station has been approved by General Motors and can be ordered through GM’s Dealer Equipment Program.

By offering a 24kW DC Fast Charger, Bosch has positioned its Power DCPlus as a high-value, physically smaller alternative to larger, more ex-pensive 50kW options while still dramatically improving charging times versus Level 2 AC charging stations. By complying with the SAE J1772 DC Combo standard, Bosch has aligned with most major automakers of-fering EV’s with DC fast-charging capabilities.

Actron launches upgraded scan tool line alongside its first-ever e-commerce website with responsive design

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Actron has launched a redesigned and upgraded North American line of DIY scan tools along with a new, responsive design website with integrated e-commerce. In addition to being the brand’s first e-commerce responsive design website, Actron will be selling older inventory direct to consumers, offering steep discounts on popular DIY test & tune items.

The new scan line, featuring larger screens, updated vehicle coverage through model year 2013, OBD II and OEM-specific codes and definitions, brings near-professional coverage to the retail market. All Actron scanners include updated model year coverage through 2013; global OBD II read/erase codes; and ABS codes and definitions for GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Hyundai vehicles.

Robinair announces more efficient and accurate diagnostic-capable AC recovery machine lines in North America

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With an improvement to 98.5 percent efficiency, Robinair announces two new more efficient, accurate and faster AC recovery machines in the North American market. The new machines feature the same enclosure currently being used in Robinair’s new AC1234-6 YF recovery machine, allows for a tighter packaging of all interior components to reduce the machine’s footprint in the shop while adding new features, more memory and flash storage for vehicle info.

“Already the most efficient in the industry at 95 percent, we’re focused on improving our machines in any way possible,” said Tim Wagaman, Robinair Product Manager. “Our improvements include allowing communication with optional refrigerant identifiers, USB data sharing and a larger display designed to make the machine easier to use and faster while in use.”

OTC announces synthetic body tools for specialized aluminum repair in North America

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OTC has released a set of synthetic body tools, designed especially for use on aluminum panels. In order to reduce weight and achieve higher fuel economy, many high-volume vehicles are using aluminum in body components. This creates a potential challenge and opportunity for collision repair shops to be prepared with the necessary tools and equipment for aluminum panel removal and replacement. Special hand tools made from synthetic material have great shock absorption qualities, greatly reducing the risk of marring, scratching or gouging panels.

OTC announces Technician Challenge national tour in North America

The OTC Technician Challenge is going on tour with dates in six states, showcasing the Encore with new Bravo 2.0 software. Technicians nationwide will compete to win one of three Ultimate Diagnostics for Life packages. Ultimate Diagnostics for Life winners will receive an OTC Encore kit with a lifetime hardware warranty and lifetime diagnostics subscription from OTC.

Co-hosted by OTC and distribution partners, technicians will be challenged with random vehicle diagnostic issues and tasked with identifying the problem using the OTC Encore. The technician with the fastest time at select events will receive a $150 cash card from OTC. Any technician who pre-registers and attends an event will receive a free pair of OTC technician gloves. The three fastest times nationwide will win the Ultimate Diagnostics for Life package.

OTC announces ‘Diagnostics for Life’ program with lifetime warranty and support for Encore in North America

OTC announced today its ‘Diagnostics for Life’ program and new Bravo 2.0 software in North America for the Encore diagnostic tool. Providing a lifetime warranty on hardware, expanded technical service hours and a software overhaul, efforts were based on direct Encore owner feedback. This critical update, Bravo 2.0, is provided for every Encore owner with or without an active diagnostics subscription. Technicians will see a faster, more stable tool with additional vehicle coverage and a reduction in screen-to-screen waiting times.

Bravo 2.0 focuses on making the tool faster and easier to use while expanding coverage and capabilities. Major improvements can be found at, and include:
- The first OTC scan tool with Bosch’s coverage database for European vehicles, focusing on Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volvo
- Reduced wait on screen-to-screen time
- Faster, more stable operating system with expanded vehicle coverage and support

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