Independent vehicle service and mechanical repair network Autosafe is developing agreements with electric vehicle suppliers that do not have a nationwide network of service agents.

Autosafe, which has 400 members, is an approved service agent for commercial EV maker Aixam Mega, while it recently appointed three members as service agents for Modec vehicles at Centerparcs holiday parks.

The company has also reached an agreement with London-based electric vehicle dealer EV Stores to provide service facilities for business and private buyers of its range, which includes cars, vans, scooters and bikes.
 
“Businesses in particular are looking to buy electric vehicles to meet carbon emissions targets and save on fuel, but they need to know they can keep their cars and vans in good working order easily,” said Autosafe marketing manager John Morton.

 “Our nationwide network is well-placed to fill the gap and make specialist servicing expertise available locally.”

When EVs are sold into a specific local area, Autosafe identifies its local members and invites them to undertake specific training provided by the manufacturer or distributor, to enable them to undertake service and repair work.

The availability of effective service networks and recharging infrastructure are two key barriers notes Autosafe, to EV take-up.

“With the recent Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) initiatives to promote EVs, particularly in the North East and Milton Keynes, we anticipate the sale of electrics will accelerate across the UK,” said EV Stores Phil Retsas.

“Autosafe’s independent dealer network will provide EV Stores and its customers with after sales support, enabling us to sell outside the London area.”

Milton Keynes and the North East have won grant funding under the Plugged-In Places programme to install EV charging points and a second round of bidding this summer is expected to see other regions given similar grants.
 
Autosafe was set up in 1998 by the Independent Motor Trade Factors Association.