Dealerships have work to do, but retailers can help accelerate electric vehicle adoption, and that transformation really could go faster than sometimes it appears, according to a couple of presentations at the J.D. Power Auto Summit on Thursday.
On the to-do list, J.D. Power's Stewart Stropp said: Dealerships need to train personnel in many areas other than just the vehicle itself, such as home charging.
In a separate presentation, Scott Painter, CEO and founder of vehicle subscription company Autonomy, said dealers should offer subscription services as a way to get EV skeptics to try out electric vehicles.
Ownership via subscription is unorthodox as opposed to a loan or lease, but a car that's purchased for use in a subscription service "still represents a sold car for the dealer," said Painter, who also is the founder of CarsDirect.com, TrueCar and Fair.
In his presentation, Stropp, managing director for the J.D. Power Electric Vehicle Consideration Study, reviewed key barriers to EV adoption. Here are highlights.