North East partnership to boost electric car sales

North East partnership to boost electric car sales

Two North East automotive businesses have teamed up to provide a one-stop shop for customers looking to buy second-hand electric cars.

Car dealer Martin Hodgson, of Parkgate Motor Co., is working with electric vehicle charging cable company 4EV, to offer customer advice and support when it comes to choosing and charging their electric car.

With over 15 years experience selling second-hand vehicles, Hodgson decided to venture into the electric car market just nine months ago, and saw a surge in demand.

Hodgson said: “I could see that electric vehicles were increasing in popularity so decided to buy a couple of Nissan LEAFs at auction, one to try myself and one to sell on. I had no idea what the response would be but had interest almost straight away.”

By joining forces with Darren Pegram, of 4EV, the firm can utilise his knowledge of car charging and driving electrical vehicles, offering customers cables with their new car and providing a referral for any additional accessories and advice.

Recent figures release by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership show 10% of all UK registered electric vehicles are based in the North East, with 1,163 electric charging points currently operation across the region

Pegram said: “The electric vehicle market is growing at an incredible rate and the North East is becoming a real hub, with people in this region really embracing the idea of EVs.

“I set up 4EV because I could see there wasn’t really anyone out there selling reasonably priced charging cables online and Martin has found a similar situation with the second-hand electric vehicles – there is a demand but not many people meeting that at the moment.

“I think it’s really important that local independent business support each other and between Martin’s business and 4EV we can offer new EV owners the full package, from sales through to advice.”


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