Once attendees became knowledgeable, the change was incredible.
Most attendees have carried on their learning of the latest EV developments, which are changing all the time. Many wanted to discuss and increase their knowledge of EVs to sell to their customers. The training was well received by attendees who quickly gained confidence buying and selling EVs.
The training enabled SVA to bring EVs onsite and to sell them in general auctions just like any other vehicle.
What’s more, SVA has recently installed 43kW solar panels on the roof with 15 chargepoints to charge vehicles belonging to vendors, customers and staff. Staff and customers are confident discussing charging leads, connector types and battery lease transfers.
“We have seen start up EV retailers often without any motor trade experience. They are driven by their passion for EVs and the ‘green‘ benefits. It has been enjoyable to support them,” Michael added.
As SVA became established in the EV world, the business gained some new clients. In 2018, SVA was delighted to be awarded Fleet World magazine’s Innovation and Remarketing Award at the RAC club in London.
Michael and his team have come a long way since the start of their journey and are completely committed to their electric future.
SVA’s management and site team now drive electric cars, including a seven seat Nissan used to transport delivery drivers. Most recently, the business purchased two KIA EV6s with V2X capability, which means, in an emergency, they could be used as mobile chargers to rescue a stranded delivery driver who needs a quick charge.
SVA’s ambition is to become the first carbon neutral auction house. Solar panels and new chargepoints are just the start. It has a busy in-house restaurant called ‘The Pit Stop’, which the company plans to switch from gas to electricity that is generated on site. Three Tesla Power Banks will store enough energy to run its servers overnight, provide for all their vehicle charging, and return any excess energy to the grid.
“Fleet operators are switching to electric at pace and developing their own net zero plans. They will want their suppliers to be equally committed. SVA plans to be ready to help.”
– Michael Simmons, operations director