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ELECTRIC VEHICLE ACCREDITATION FOR BRISTOL STREET MOTORS DARLINGTON NISSAN

28/11/2019

28/11/19

Bristol Street Motors Darlington Nissan has become one of the first dealerships in the country to gain Electric Vehicle Approved status (EVA).

The scheme has been created by the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) and 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 enhance dealerships’ understanding of electric vehicles (EV) and ensure customers receive the best advice when buying an electric vehicle.

To gain the accreditation, the colleagues have undertaken intensive training. All colleagues 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.

Areas in which colleagues need to demonstrate their knowledge include:

  • How to find a public charging point
  • Who to contact to have a home charger installed
  • How to charge an EV
  • Driving modes and their impacts
  • Realistic electric driving range and fuel consumption for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV)
  • EV features and their impacts on performance
  • How the onboard battery systems work
  • How best to maintain an EV and its battery?
  • Guidance on servicing and maintenance of an EV

Lee Stewart, general sales manager, who is the on-site EV ambassador, said: “We are very proud to be one of the first dealerships to achieve this important accreditation.

“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.

“Customers can be re-assured that at Bristol Street Motors Darlington Nissan they will receive the very best advice and support when buying an electric vehicle.”

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.”

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Notes to editors:

Vertu Motors plc (which trades under the Bristol Street Motors, Macklin Motors, Vertu Toyota, Vertu Honda, Vertu Volkswagen, Vertu Mercedes-Benz, Farnell Jaguar Land Rover and Hughes Group brands) was formed in late 2006 to acquire and consolidate UK motor retail businesses. The group was founded as a new entrant into the UK motor retail sector and is listed on the AIM market (UK:VTU).

In 2017, the Group became the first major UK motor retailer to offer customers the ability to purchase a used vehicle entirely online with the launch of Bristol Street Motors Buy Online, this was followed by Macklin Motors Buy Online. The platform enables customers to buy a used vehicle in as little as five minutes if they have the funds in place, arrange financial packages if they don’t, and have the vehicle delivered to any UK mainland home address.

Since flotation in December 2006, the Group has established itself as a major player in the United Kingdom automotive retail sector. The Group operates 123 outlets representing 22 manufacturers across the UK.

www.bristolstreet.co.uk/buy-online/

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