An increasing number of independent retailers are moving towards only selling EVs on their forecourts, according to Chargemaster’s director of communication and strategy, Tom Callow.
In a presentation at the AM Digitech conference earlier this year, Callow cited JD Cleve, Grimsby; Drive Green, Bristol; and EV Expert, Guildford among a list of emerging EV specialists.
He also challenges the perception of EV residual values (RVs) as being weaker than non-EVs.
Our e-Golf long-term test car has a three-year/60,000-mile RV of 31% – the same as its 150PS two-litre TDI alternative.
Cazana valued our test car at £30,026 retail, with an estimated 43 days to sale. An Auto Trader search returned 23 e-Golfs such as ours (2017 or later). All had mileage under 10,000 and were priced above £26,990.
At time of writing, VW used car and aftersales operation, White Rose Petersfield, had five e-Golfs in stock. Sales manager Paul Rabbets said the cars were bought from VW Financial Services and were being used by sales executives ahead of a delivery of five new e-Golfs.
“There has been a lot of interest and we’ve delivered a number of test drives,” he said.
“Our prices are artificially high because we want to keep them for a while, but I’ve no doubt that they will sell quickly when we align the prices more closely to what they should be.”