Article By Richard Aucock

2021’s first dealers accredited for Electric Vehicle Approved scheme

The Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) scheme for car dealers has introduced its first new recruits of 2021

The Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) scheme, developed by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), has celebrated its first accredited retailers of 2021.

The highly-prized seal of approval for EV retail experts has been presented to:

Vertu Skipton Volkswagen

Bristol Street Motors Nottingham Renault and Dacia

Waylands Oxford Volvo

Vertu Harrogate Volkswagen

Each retailer, which now join more than 100 existing accredited dealerships, has passed a strict audit and will now be able to communicate their knowledge and expertise to customers.

The EVA initiative is co-sponsored by the government and helps promote industry standards for the benefit of the consumer.

“It’s extremely positive to see the NFDA’s EVA scheme continue to develop, paying testament to the efforts and investments automotive retailers are making to meet the fast-growing demand for electric vehicles,” said NFDA chief executive Sue Robinson.

Robert Forrester, Chief Executive of Vertu Motors, said the EVA initiative “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 Vertu group has the chance to be accredited, the better. I would put the whole Vertu group through it now.”

John O’Hanlon, chief executive of Waylands, explained that approval “is only given after a comprehensive audit undertaken of staff, training and dealership facilities.

“We are confident that, thanks to the EVA badge, our customers will immediately understand that we are at the forefront of electric vehicle retail.”

Each EVA-approved retailer is independently audited by the Energy Saving Trust to verify they are meeting standards – including customer qualification, staff knowledge and training, EV demonstration and handover, even the availability of EV service bays and charge points on site.

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