A NISSAN dealership in Darlington has become one of the first showrooms in the country to gain Electric Vehicle Approved status.
The scheme was created by the National Franchised Dealers Association and is endorsed by the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles and the Energy Saving Trust. The aim is to enhance dealerships’ understanding of electric vehicles and ensure customers receive the best advice when buying one.
To gain the accreditation, staff at Darlington Nissan, which is part of the Bristol Street Motors group, underwent intensive training, including an EV awareness training course tailored to their role within the business. They also had to show a solid understanding of all electric and hybrid model variants.
Aftersales and technical colleagues have received comprehensive training as well, with the latter undergoing official EV maintenance and repair training.
General sales manager Lee Stewart, pictured, 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, with customers 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.’
Sue Robinson, NFDA director, said: ‘Congratulations to Darlington Nissan on becoming leaders in the electric vehicle field.
‘The long-term goal is for 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.’