Bristol Street Motors Darlington Nissan has become the latest dealership in the UK to gain Electric Vehicle Approved status (EVA).
The scheme, created by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), is endorsed by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Energy Saving Trust (EST).
The goal of the scheme is to improve dealerships’ understanding of electric vehicles (EV) and ensure customers get the best advice when buying an electric vehicle.
To gain the accreditation, staff have enrolled onto an EV awareness training course, which is tailored to their role within the business. They must also show a solid understanding of all electric and hybrid model variants.
Aftersales and technical colleagues have also received comprehensive training, with the latter undergoing official EV maintenance and repair training.
Lee Stewart, general sales manager, who is the on-site EV ambassador, said: “The demand for electric vehicles is growing, and the technology is different from a petrol or diesel car and customers are often uncertain as to what is the best option for them.
The Government’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy aims to phase out new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. This scheme makes sure that dealerships are prepared for the EV era and equipped with the right knowledge to assist customers.
Sue Robinson, NFDA Director, said: “Congratulations to Bristol Street Motors Darlington Nissan on becoming leaders in the electric vehicle field.
“The long-term goal is to gain EVA membership across all EV selling retailers and to build trust between them and their customers. The EVA accreditation will give consumers the confidence that they are dealing with electric vehicle experts.”