A NEW government-approved scheme has been launched to identify dealerships skilled to work on electric vehicles (EVs).
Called Electric Vehicle Approved, the accreditation recognises businesses with knowledge, capability and commitment to electric vehicles.
This will includes car dealerships with staff skilled in selling and servicing electric vehicles.
The government says that uncertainty and poor advice has been identified as a key barrier to EV ownership.
The scheme aims to create a trusted brand, increasing the confidence of drivers looking to buy an electric vehicle.
It should also encourage dealerships to develop staff skills in zero emission vehicles.
Future of Mobility Minister Jesse Norman 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.”
“It will encourage more car owners to switch to a greener alternative.”
The standard for electric vehicle dealer accreditation has been developed by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) and the Energy Saving Trust (EST). Successful dealerships will be known as ‘Electric Vehicle Approved’.
Following a pilot scheme, it is already estimated there will be 130 Electric Vehicle Approved sites across the UK by the end of 2019.