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Vertu Volkswagen Skipton, Vertu Volkswagen Harrogate and Bristol Street Motors Renault & Dacia Nottingham have become the latest sites to gain Electric Vehicle Approved Status (EVA).

This takes the number of accredited sites to 14 with more expected to follow.

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, 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.

After sales and technical colleagues have also received comprehensive training, with the latter undergoing official EV maintenance and repair training.

Areas colleagues need to demonstrate their knowledge in 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

Richard Hawley, who is the on-site EV ambassador for Vertu Volkswagen Harrogate, said: “The EVA accreditation is something Vertu Motors plc is passionate about.

“Electric vehicles are the future, and the market is going to continue growing. Having experts on our sites to guide customers who are potentially buying their first electric vehicle is essential and this scheme makes sure that dealerships are prepared for the EV era and equipped with the knowledge to assist customers and provide the best advice and support.”



CONTACT: Caroline Walker on 01325 363436

Notes to editors:

Vertu Motors plc (which trades under the Bristol Street Motors, Macklin Motors, Vertu Toyota, Vertu Honda, Vertu Volkswagen, Vertu Mercedes-Benz, Vertu Kia and Farnell Jaguar Land Rover 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. 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 currently operates 144 franchised sales outlets and 4 non-franchised sales operations, representing 32 manufacturers, from 115 locations across the UK.

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Richard Hawley, Vertu Volkswagen Harrogate's on-site EV ambassador
Richard Hawley, Vertu Volkswagen Harrogate's on-site EV ambassador
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