With demand for green vehicles increasing year on year and some great examples of 100% electric cars available, it’s important dealers’ knowledge of these vehicles is up to scratch. The new EVA scheme, which launched officially on 15 May 2019, encourages dealers to make sure this, along with their servicing skills, meets minimum standards so they can gain ‘Electric Vehicle Approved’ accreditation.
Developed by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) and the Energy Saving Trust (EST) and endorsed by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the scheme aims to aid the move towards a zero-emission future.
The official launch of this scheme follows a pilot phase between November 2018 and February 2019. It includes standards for selling and aftercare of electric vehicles so consumers can be sure of a certain level of service if they visit an accredited dealership. Dealerships are only awarded accreditation after an independent audit by the Energy Saving Trust.
Jesse Norman, Future of Mobility Minister, said, “Record levels of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads are good news, as we seek to end the sale of new conventional diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040.
“The accreditation recognises businesses with knowledge, capability and commitment to electric vehicles, and will help to encourage more car owners to switch to a greener alternative.”
Matthew Eastwood, Head of Transport at Energy Saving Trust said, “EVA accredited dealers possess the knowledge and expertise necessary to ensure their customers have a positive and well-informed experience when buying new or used plug in vehicles. Giving consumers confidence and supporting the growing uptake of ultra-low and zero emission vehicles.
“With transport generating 26 per cent of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the sale of ultra-low and zero emission vehicles is critical in the efforts to reduce carbon emissions in line with government targets.”
Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), said, “It is extremely positive to join forces with the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles and the Energy Saving Trust to develop EVA, an initiative which we expect to play a key role in the market transition to electric vehicles.
“EVA will certify the efforts franchised retailers are making in the EV sector to meet the fast-growing consumer demand and will enable them to clearly communicate to their customers their expertise in the sector”.
Pure electric and hybrid vehicles come with different challenges to petrol or diesel cars, and consumers may have questions about battery range and charging points. If you have any questions, take a look at our hybrid and electric cars FAQs.