Auto sales and service dealerships wishing to keep ahead of the competition should be aware of a new government led initiative called EVA (Electric Vehicle Approved).
It’s an accreditation which recognizes businesses with knowledge, capability and commitment to electric vehicles, and will help to encourage more car owners to switch to a greener alternative.
It includes a set of standards for electric vehicle retail and after sales that have been established to ensure that the automotive industry is ready to embrace the electrification of the UK car market.
- The scheme will recognize dealerships who are skilled at selling and servicing electric vehicles.
- The brand EVA aims to increase confidence in consumers.
- It’s part of the governments goal to end the sale of fossil fuel vehicles.
The concept is much like the Gas Safe Register which replaced the CORGI register in 2009. This enabled plumbing and heating engineers to acquire accreditation and instil confidence in consumers in practices which demand skills due to the health and safety risks.
Businesses seeking the accreditation can apply via the National Franchised Dealerships Association (NFDA) but before doing this, should give consideration to what skills and credentials they need in their business
A good place to start is the training of motor vehicle technicians. Statistics from The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) continue to project a worrying shortfall in technicians who meet the required standards for electric vehicle service, maintenance and repair.
Enrolling workers on the appropriate training courses is definitely the place the start. Even staff who will have the minimum of contact with electric vehicles, e.g. valetors can attend an ‘Awareness’ course which will introduce them to the basic workings and potential exposure to electrical hazards.
For technicians involved in ‘covers-off’ detail of auto maintenance and repair, exposure to the risks of electrical energy in batteries of increasing DC voltage is great than ever. At the very least, they should undertake the City & Guilds Level III Award in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Operations.
Dealerships embarking on a program of training for their personnel will be well placed to acquire the Electric Vehicle Approved accreditation.