Government Scheme Sees Dealerships Become ‘Electric Vehicle Approved’
24th May 2019
A new government-backed scheme has been announced where car dealers who have staff skilled in selling and servicing electric vehicles will be formally approved and promoted, with the aim to increase confidence in electric buyers as we head towards a zero-emission future.
The Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) branding will be in place to highlight dealerships whose sales and workshop staff have met the accreditation standards. It is hoped that the EVA scheme will increase the trust with electric vehicles that many car buyers are lacking, currently preventing them from making the switch from petrol and diesel cars.
The dealership campaign falls in line with the government’s £1.5 billion project to ultimately end petrol and diesel sales by 2040. Ten years later in 2050, almost every car on the UK’s roads is expected to have zero emissions. Current incentives to help ease the transition include government grants for plug-in vehicles and Vehicle Excise Duty exemptions.
The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) and the Energy Saving Trust (EST) have together developed the accreditation standard for the scheme. Dealerships that are successfully recognised for their electric vehicle services will be labelled ‘Electric Vehicle Approved’, in what the government is hoping will create a trustworthy brand to combat ‘uncertainty and poor advice’ that’s influencing motorists.
Following a pilot scheme, the government are anticipating that 130 dealerships across the UK will be approved by the end of the year.