Dear Colleague,

As the government accelerates plans towards 2030/35 and ultimately widespread EV adoption, the NFDA continue to provide advice, guidance and a voice in government regarding the challenges for automotive retailers and consumers. With many new models available this year, consumers are at the point where they need tangible support for the shift to EVs. They will achieve this by visiting dealerships and trying the products for themselves, in the real world.

The NFDA’s EV Approved (EVA) scheme has now been running for two years, with approximately 200 dealer sites now accredited to a high standard. Endorsed by government through the Office for Zero Emission vehicles (OZEV) and with independent audits undertaken by the Energy Saving Trust, the EVA trustmark brings clarity and confidence to consumers when choosing a new or used EV. The NFDA are proud to administer the EVA scheme and the continued support by government only further highlights the extreme importance of our retailers, within the wider approach to net-zero targets.

As mentioned last week, the NFDA, assisted by our retained legal advisers TLT, have continued communications with the dealer steering group, about the advent of the ‘agency model’. The group was formed to look into the issues and seek more clarity for the industry. We will continue to keep members informed, but if in the meantime you have questions or concerns, please do contact me.

NFDA is the voice of automotive retailers: if you require any assistance or would like to discuss any specific issues, please do not hesitate to contact our member helpline on 01788 538303 or email

Sue Robinson, NFDA Chief Executive