The National Franchised Dealers Association's (NFDA) Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation scheme has launched a new Aftersales Pilot Group as it reaches 300 members.
The EVA scheme launched in 2019 to encourage retailers to enhance their expertise in the electric vehicle sector and support consumer confidence as the market moves towards EVs. It is endorsed and subsidised by the Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and is independently audited by Energy Saving Trust.
There are now more than 300 EVA accredited sites spread across the UK and, while there are many more dealers in the pipeline to be approved, there are still spaces available.
The EVA standards ensure that consumers will experience a welcoming atmosphere built around the EV culture, impartial advice on switching to an electric vehicle, exceptional levels of product knowledge, EV trained and accredited technicians, on-site chargers, EV courtesy cars and more.
Following the success of the scheme, EVA has launch a new Aftersales Pilot Group. The Aftersales standards reflect the traditional EVA ones, although they have been adapted to suit businesses who solely repair and service EVs.
Sue Robinson, NFDA chief executive, said: “Retailers play a vital role in driving motorists to embrace low and zero emission vehicles. As the number of EVs on the road continues to increase, EV repairers will also need to be recognised and we are delighted to further expand the EVA scheme into aftersales.
“Congratulations to all the retailers who have achieved their EVA accreditation. Communicating expertise through the EVA badge reassures customers and boosts their confidence.
“We look forward to extending our collaboration with the Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and Energy Saving Trust, allowing EVA to continue to help electrifying transport”.