Alliance Automotive launches NexDrive programme

Alliance Automotive launches NexDrive programme

Aftermarket group, Alliance Automotive, has announced the launch of the Global EV network, NexDrive, in the United Kingdom.

Already reportedly active in Canada, Germany, and the Benelux, the NexDrive programme claims to provide workshops with IMI-certified training, lead generation, exclusive branding, and technical support to ensure they are ready to meet the increasing demand for electric vehicle specialists.

“As a key supplier to the UK aftermarket, we are embracing the change coming our way with EV vehicles,” commented Head of Workshop Solutions, Tim Clement. “By offering a trusted network that is clearly identifiable as an EV repair solution, independent workshops will benefit from further work streams. Our programme is designed to support workshops every step of the way, and our extensive marketing plan will ensure consumers are aware of the options available to them when looking for an EV repair, MOT, or service.”

Powered by NAPA, NexDrive is said to have been launched as a bolt-on for the AutoCare and United Garage Services networks. Over 1,000 workshops will apparently be able to access support and benefits.

NexDrive members must have at least one technician qualified to IMI EV Level 3 standards and attend annual IMI EV CPD training to remain fully compliant with IMI TechSafe standards, as endorsed by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV). The programme’s audit process reportedly ensures the correct equipment is always used for safe operation.

Steve Scofield, Head of Business Development at the Institute of the Motor Industry, said, “NexDrive offers a vital opportunity for independent workshops to grow customer acquisition and revenue as EV adoption accelerates. Our latest data confirms just 16% of our sector is IMI TechSafe qualified, presenting a significant opening for independents to claim a stake in their local market.

“Technicians who have met the IMI TechSafe standards can showcase their credentials by joining the IMI’s industry-wide Professional Register. The Professional Register lists individual members — and their place of work — who have been recognised for their achievements, experience, professionalism, and commitment to a Professional Standard, and for keeping their knowledge and skills up to date through Continuing Professional Development (CPD).”

NexDrive UK is said to have welcomed AAK Auto Services as its first member. Owner Anthony Jhally commented, “We’re delighted to be the first member of NexDrive. The network is well established abroad and being part of a growing, global EV network can only benefit us in the future.”

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