July 28, 2022

Motor dealers: Are you EV ready?

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Motor dealers: Are you EV ready?

The interest in electric vehicles is now increasing as automakers strive to meet the government’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

This month, the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) revealed that over 200 dealers have been accredited under its Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) program, which has been reopened. It is one of the car manufacturers that wants its network to be fully accredited by the end of the year.

The scheme was developed in 2019 to encourage retailers to enhance their expertise in the electric vehicle sector and support consumer confidence. EVA certifies the efforts and investments that retailers are making in the EV sector to meet the consumer demand. Following the reopening of the scheme, retailers can now apply to receive their EVA badge of approval.

 

During November, European and UK electric vehicle drivers traveling along ‘The Electric Road to COP26’ visited the Arnold Clark Innovation Centre in Glasgow before making their way to the Cop26 UN Climate Change Conference. It was part of a tour of leading companies that are providing solutions to help combat climate change through their innovative work with electric vehicles and charging.

Arnold Clark Innovation Centre opened in January and features electric and hybrid cars with the goal of educating customers about alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and highlighting the various types of AFVs currently on the market.

 

Dealer groups are also partnering with electric vehicle benefits companies to facilitate EV purchases. With the purchase of a new or used fully electric vehicle from a dealership, customers are entitled to a number of benefits and discounts, including access to public charging networks, smart home charging units, EV home energy tariffs, parking, and accident aftercare services in the event of an accident.

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Steven.gillespie@ascendbroking.co.uk  |  Office: 07719 069 267