New training course for used electric van specialists

A company that specialises in remarketing ex-fleet cars and LCVs has launched the UK’s first electric van training course for used LCV dealers.

Working alongside the Energy Savings Trust, Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA) will be running bi-monthly electric van courses from July this year, based at its head office in West Sussex.

Course topics include the type of operator who would benefit from buying electric vans, to tactics on how to successfully sell them, as well as how they work.

The aim, says SVA, is to establish greater buyer understanding and confidence to help create acceptance and demand for electric vans from trade buyers. SVA also aims to educate those selling electric vans to give them more confidence when setting future residual values.

SVA Operations Director, Michal Simmonds, said, “The combination of low running costs and zero emissions makes a lot of sense for small businesses whose vans only carry out local deliveries each day. Our courses will help educate used buyers that there is a market for electric vans in their locality and how to exploit it.”

“Many vendors will also find the courses useful. In the past they have been far too risk averse about underwriting electric van residual values due to the uncertainty of the future used market.”

SVA launched a similar electric car training course last year and has already put around 100 sales and remarketing experts through the training.