FOLLOWING the reopening of the NFDA’s Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) scheme in October 2020, the first retailers who applied to be part of the second year have now passed their audit and received their accreditation.
The dealerships are: Vertu Skipton Volkswagen, Bristol Street Motors Nottingham Renault and Dacia, Waylands Oxford Volvo, Vertu Harrogate Volkswagen.
EVA’s first year was extremely successful, with over one-hundred dealers obtaining their accredited status. As a result, the Government has renewed its co-sponsorship of the scheme. EVA encourages dealerships to further develop their ability in selling and servicing electric vehicles. It recognises dealers’ expertise in the electric vehicle sector and promotes industry standards for the benefit of the consumer.
The Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) scheme has been developed by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) to recognise retailers’ excellence in the electric vehicle sector. EVA is endorsed by the Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and Energy Saving Trust.
Energy Saving Trust independently audits individual dealerships to verify that they meet a set of standards covering EV sales and aftersales. These include the customer qualification process, staff knowledge and training, EV demonstration and handover processes as well as availability of EV service bays and charge points on site.
The EVA badge of approval helps retailers communicate their knowledge and expertise and supports consumer confidence.
Robert Forrester, Chief Executive of Vertu Motors PLC, said: “This initiative by the NFDA puts the road to zero carbon right at the forefront of the sector. This accreditation is an important stepping stone to ensure that the dealerships have the right focus and experience on electric vehicles. The sooner every dealership in the UK has the chance to be accredited the better. I would put the whole Group through it now”.
Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the NFDA, said: “It is extremely positive to see the scheme continue to develop paying testament to the efforts and investments automotive retailers are making to meet the fast-growing demand for electric vehicles.”