Welcome for laws to boost take up of electric vehicles

Malcolm Miller, of Chippenham-based RTS Group

LEGISLATION to encourage the take up of electric vehicles among drivers has been welcomed by UK automotive learning and development company RTS Group.

The Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech, paves the way for mandatory charging points at service stations, which will help remove one of the biggest barriers to purchase cited by drivers – the vehicles’ range.

Malcolm Miller, managing director of Wiltshire-based RTS Group – which works with automotive manufacturers, including leading manufacturers of electric and hybrid cars – said the announcement meant the law was finally catching up with technology.

“One of the main objections and challenges to investing in electric vehicles is range anxiety and a lack of charging infrastructure,” he said.

“This Bill is a ‘nudge’ and hopefully having the weight of government behind it could see a huge increase in charging points – but as ever with government, don’t expect it tomorrow.”

RTS Group supports automotive manufacturers and dealers to develop their frontline staff – including dealer principals, sales, parts and service personnel – to become more effective and so create world-class automotive retailers.

Malcolm said: “Our feedback from working with manufacturers and their dealers across the UK is that the public needs clear information to allow them to make positive decisions about cars with increased levels of autonomous technology and even more clarity about electric and hybrid cars.

“Dealers need to raise their game in understanding and explaining this technology as it not going away  – and our learning and development support is playing its part in this.”

RTS Group was founded in 1989 and has been providing learning and development services to the automotive industry for 25 years.

Based in Chippenham, RTS Group has businesses across Europe, the Middle East, China and South Africa. It works primarily in the automotive sector and its clients include well-known manufacturers and brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Mazda and Nissan.

RTS Group devises, designs and delivers a wide range of learning solutions which improve the knowledge, skills and performance of frontline staff at automotive dealerships. Methods used range from one-to-one and classroom learning, through to eLearning, using smart phones, tablets and online tools.


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