NFDA's Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) Hits Landmark of 500 Accredited Retailers Across the UK

In a significant milestone for the automotive retailing sector, the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) has announced that their Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) scheme has reached a landmark achievement of accrediting 500 dealer sites in the UK.

The EVA scheme, launched in 2019, has gained momentum over the years, demonstrating the industry's commitment to enhancing expertise in the electric vehicle (EV) sector and building consumer confidence. Endorsed by the Government's Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and independently audited by the Energy Saving Trust, EVA sets rigorous standards to certify retailers' efforts and investments in meeting the growing demand for EVs.

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Published on
June 6, 2023

The Growth of EVA:

Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the NFDA, expressed her enthusiasm for the sector's embrace of the EVA scheme, highlighting its positive impact since its inception. The aim of the scheme is to support the ongoing electrification of the vehicle market and cater to the evolving needs of consumers. With its 500 accredited dealer sites milestone, EVA has solidified its position as the leading EV-specific accreditation program in the UK.

Industry Success Stories:

Besides reaching the impressive milestone, the EVA scheme has recently celebrated several notable achievements. Audi UK became the first manufacturer to achieve 100% accreditation across its entire dealership network, showcasing their commitment to electric mobility. Additionally, the EVA scheme expanded into the auction sector, with Shore Vehicle Auctions becoming the first auction site in the UK to receive EVA accreditation. This diversification of EVA's reach underscores its importance across various segments of the automotive industry.

Enhanced Visibility and Manufacturer Engagement:

EVA accredited dealers enjoy increased visibility through partnerships with prominent platforms like Auto Trader's Dealer platform. Dealerships proudly display their accreditations, acting as beacons of EV expertise and signalling their commitment to providing consumers with exceptional service. Manufacturers are actively involved in the scheme, encouraging their dealer networks to pursue EVA accreditation. Moreover, the streamlined application process allows entire dealership networks to apply simultaneously, promoting efficiency and widespread adoption.

Meeting Growing EV Demand:

Sue Robinson emphasised the growing demand for electric vehicles and the pivotal role of EVA accredited dealers in meeting consumer expectations. As consumers become increasingly aware of the financial and environmental benefits of EV ownership, it is essential for dealerships to stay ahead of the curve. By preparing for the continued electric revolution, dealers can better support customers in their transition to electric mobility before the proposed ban on new internal combustion engine (ICE) sales in 2030.

EVA Accreditation as a Competitive Advantage:

Franchised dealers with EVA accreditation are at the forefront of the EV retail market, serving as critical information hubs for consumers. The EVA accreditation acts as a distinguishing factor, establishing a competitive advantage over non-accredited counterparts. EVA accredited dealers are encouraged to promote their accreditations to consumers through the EVA promotional marketing pack, leveraging their EV excellence to attract and serve a growing customer base.

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