The focus on EVs at the Washington, DC Auto Show is just the latest example of how the public and the franchise dealer network is embracing the new technology.
“If EV adoption is a goal for the manufacturer, there is really strong evidence here that working with your dealer body is going to be a great way to help actually get those vehicles sold.”
Dealers are “all in” on EVs and incredibly excited about the new electrified products that are being announced almost daily. And dealers are hungry for the sales and service opportunities that are going to come with having numerous new EV models to sell.
“We’re going to set a new pace for electric vehicles,” Biden said. The President spoke to Ford workers and executives in front of a display and map touting the company’s “EV-certified dealer network” consisting of 2,300+ EV-certified dealers nationwide, trained EV sales teams, EV-qualified technicians and certified collision locations.
“Franchised dealers are making big investments in the future of selling EVs. We’re part of the solution. We’re essential to rolling out electric vehicles to the mass market.”
Volkswagen President and CEO, Scott Keogh, joined the NY Auto Forum in advance of the New York International Auto Show to discuss what he describes as a “higher calling” for VW and the automotive industry as a whole.
Closing out a packed agenda at the annual NY Auto Forum, Bob Carter, Toyota’ EVP of Sales discussed dangers posed by tariffs, suggested a reality check for EV demand and shared some thoughts regarding the future of personal vehicle ownership.
We need to face the gritty reality that widespread acceptance of EVs will require closing the gap between the pumps that refuel today’s cars and trucks and the plugs that will be needed to continuously and quickly repower the cars and trucks of tomorrow.