One of the driving forces behind this is just greed:

Information on how to repair many parts of EVs is currently limited, with manufacturers preferring drivers service their vehicles at dealerships, said Emily Chung, an independent mechanic and owner of AutoNiche in Markham, Ont.

"All the manufacturers, their [fuel-powered] engines are pretty much the same," she said. "We understand the basics, it's just the plumbing around it that is different."

"When it comes to EV technology, though, every manufacturer does it differently and there's no standardized way to do this."

That means mechanics like Chung can do basic maintenance, such as replacing brakes and swapping tires, on EVs — but not service the complex, high-voltage systems that drive electrified vehicles.

"That's like telling me to operate on a body to which I have no idea where any of the organs are placed," she said.

Ultimately, this lack of information from automakers could mean less choice — and higher prices — for consumers taking their EVs in for annual checkups, she warned. Requiring a trip to the dealer for service could also prove tricky for people who live in rural parts of the country.

They are screwing up their own market, lol.