Interview of the Week: Mike Stanton

The Biden administration is hoping to move the United States into the electric vehicle era through massive investments in incentives to get EVs on the road as well as the build-out of 500,000 EV charging stations across the country. Yet this revolution is reliant upon Americans making the switch to EVs in mass numbers. As such, car dealers will play a major part in encouraging this switch and selling a new era of cars to the public.

This week we sat down with the president and CEO of the National Automobile Dealers Association, Mike Stanton, to ask him about the role that auto dealers hope to play in the EV transition. One of the main takeaways is that auto dealers can serve as an important resource for consumers to ask questions and have their concerns about EVs addressed with accurate information.

As Mike said,

The questions we’ve heard consumers are asking [about EVs] are, ‘How am I going to charge this? How is this going to work? How long is the battery going to last?’ But also they’re asking if the battery itself is going to last? Like in an iPhone, the battery is going to deteriorate over time, so we’ve got to overcome that. We do that through asking the right questions and having that face-to-face dialogue to address consumers’ questions. We’ll be having some education training for dealers here at NADA as well as with our car company partners.”

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