17 May 2024
The voice of the independent garage sector

Did you EVA? Dealer scheme to drive up EV uptake reopens

While many independent garages are still working on their EV capabilities, car dealers that are able to work on EVs are again receiving the Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation.

The EVA accreditation scheme was developed by the NFDA and launched in May 2019.
Following the success of EVA’s first year, which saw over 100 dealers obtain accredited status, the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has renewed its co-sponsorship of the scheme.

The scheme is backed by Energy Saving Trust (EST), who independently audit dealerships to verify that they meet a set of standards covering EV sales and aftersales. These include the customer qualification process, staff knowledge and training, EV demonstration and handover processes as well as availability of EV service bays and charge points on site.

Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said: “I’m pleased to see the reopening of the EVA scheme, which will develop the expertise of dealerships as we transition to a zero emission future.

“We are committed to embracing a greener transport system, reducing carbon emissions and boosting economic growth in the UK – the EVA scheme is key to helping us achieve that goal.”

Sue Robinson, NFDA Chief Executive added: “It is extremely positive that the EVA scheme reopens to continue to support the transition to a zero-emission market. Franchised dealers are committed to providing their customers with the best possible experience in the electric vehicle sector and EVA will be key in recognising the efforts and investments dealers are making. EVA will help ensure customers are accurately informed when they visit a dealership and increase their confidence to buy an EV.”

Tim Anderson, Head of Transport at Energy Saving Trust said: “We welcome the reopening of the EVA accreditation scheme. Last year’s pilot assessed and approved over 100 successful dealerships, and the continuation of the scheme will see many more seek this important mark of quality. All dealerships who secure this certification have passed a robust and independent audit which gives buyers the confidence that they are being advised by knowledgeable staff on both purchase and maintenance.”

Applications to join the scheme can be made until April 2021, with slots allocated to dealers on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email EVA@rmif.co.uk or visit www.evapproved.co.uk