Small Franchises and Independent Dealers to Benefit from EVA Scheme Extension

April 29, 2022

Funding is confirmed for NFDAs electric vehicle programme throughout 2022

If your dealership is accelerating towards a future of electric vehicles and you’re looking for support, then you’re in luck.

In an announcement made by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), the industry body revealed it has secured further funding for the Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation scheme.

This funding will be available until the end of the financial year in April 2023 and unlike the initial round of funding, will instead benefit small franchised and independent dealers only. Great news if your dealership falls into this category and you’d like to become part of the EVA scheme this year.

In a joint venture with the Energy Saving Trust (EST), you may or may not be surprised to learn that the cash injection comes courtesy of the UK Government. In a move to stay on course to hit its Net Zero Strategy promises, the Government has already committed to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030; and from 2035, all new cars and vans must have zero emission tailpipes. That’s quite a deadline to hit!

Representing and supporting some 540,000 people working within 4,500 franchise dealerships in the automotive industry, the NFDA originally launched the EVA accreditation scheme in May 2019. Its overall aim is to certify retailers’ excellence within the EV sector by encouraging dealerships across the country to enhance their expertise in this field, in order to keep up with consumer demand.  

Want to know more about the scheme? Then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve answered some key questions when it comes to EVA membership…

How will my dealership benefit from the Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation scheme?

As explained on the official Electric Vehicle Approved website, the EVA badge gives your customers peace of mind that they are dealing with an electric vehicle expert. The EVA website allows the public to find an EVA dealership in their area, so to be associated with the scheme as an official EVA dealer has many perks indeed.

EVA authorised businesses are considered to be at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution. All EVA businesses have been independently audited to strict EVA standards, which are endorsed by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles. 

Setting standards for all areas of automotive retail, the EVA membership scheme is designed to recognise excellence in the sector, so that consumers can immediately identify that your business is at the forefront of electric vehicle retail. In fact, consumers are encouraged to search for your dealership on the EVA website, so when it comes to finding a new or used electric vehicle, or dedicated EV aftersales care, you’ll be front of mind.

What does my dealership need to do to become Electric Vehicle (EVA) approved?

We’ve already established that EVA accreditation gives consumers the confidence that your business can provide the best possible customer experience, so how do you get to that point? 

Ultimately, you need to demonstrate that staff at your dealership are making an effort to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles, as well as guiding and informing consumers of everything they need to know about EVs

An EVA dealer must meet the following set of standards to be approved, including:

  • Training staff to a high standard
  • Communicating easily and effectively with customers
  • Undertaking vehicle provenance checks
  • Providing evidential documentation relating to all vehicle checks
  • Conducting rigorous pre-delivery inspections
  • Ensuring every electric vehicle is fully charged on collection
  • Ensuring each electric vehicle is correctly taxed and registered
  • Ensuring any Government grant entitlements are correctly applied
  • Providing valuable EV information, such as; where to find public charging points, how to charge an EV, realistic driving ranges, how to maintain an EV, and much more

To understand the full set of standards, view and download the official EVA Standards PDF which will give you a much better insight into what you should expect as an EVA dealer. 

So what next?

The NFDA reached its very own milestone in February 2022, when it celebrated 300 EVA accredited sites across the UK. Thanks to the extra funding throughout 2022 and into 2023, your dealership also has the opportunity to join the hundreds of other EV approved businesses. If your dealership wants to join the electric revolution, then you know what to do!

Once you are EVA approved and ready to sell electric vehicle stock, why not give us a call to discover how we can accelerate the process for you. Here at 67 Degrees, we can transform your online presence. Specialising in automotive website design and marketing services, we understand that each customer is different, so every website build or marketing campaign requires a unique and bespoke approach to bring your ideas to life.

Our platform is not a one-size-fits-all solution and is tailored to you and your dealership’s needs. Whether or not you provide EVs, if you have stock to sell, then why not find out more about our ecommerce products to accelerate you into poll position… 

From a two-step reserve online function to a full end-to-end buying journey, your customers’ buying habits have changed, so now’s the time to get ahead of the competition. To discover how we can work together, drop us an enquiry, email us at info@67degrees.co.uk, or give us a call on 01273 007855.

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