NC Car Dealers Form Statewide Advisory Group to Promote the Adoption of Electric Vehicles in North Carolina
(Raleigh, NC) — The North Carolina Automotive Dealers Association, in advance of the unprecedented consumer shift to electric vehicles, has formed a statewide advisory group to promote and advance the sale of EV and plug-in hybrids across North Carolina.
North Carolina’s new car and truck dealers have spent millions of dollars in facility and infrastructure upgrades to accommodate the 45 new models that will be hitting North Carolina showrooms in the next 12-24 months. The advisory committee is focusing on efforts that can be undertaken to accelerate the implementation of chargers in and around dealerships as well as working with dealerships to educate sales representatives and technicians on the sales and maintenance of EVs. “North Carolina’s dealers are ALL IN when it comes to EVs. We’re ready to help the consumer in any and all ways related to purchasing and owning an electric vehicle,” said Robert Glaser, President of the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association.
The committee is also kicking off an extensive training program to ensure that basic EV questions and concerns can be addressed at any of the 580+ dealership across North Carolina. With more than 30,000 employees in the automotive industry, the training program will focus on the key consumer issues, concerns, and questions that prospective purchasers of EV may have prior to purchasing their first EV or hybrid.
Additionally, the committee is looking to partner with industry stakeholders to develop a consumer EV program that will allow North Carolinians to know the nearest EV charger to their location as well as the time required to charge the EV. This technology is currently in place in several states in the western part of the US.
Finally, franchised car and truck dealers are working with their local elected officials and media outlets to confirm and promote that the local franchised car and truck dealer is the best source for information on obtaining and maintaining your next EV or plug in hybrid. The statewide PR campaign promoting EVs in North Carolina is set to kick off in October.