NAPA has formally launched its new banner in Canada solely for the service and restore of electrical and hybrid autos.
The Nexdrive banner is a community of automotive service facilities for subsequent era autos. As Canadians report better curiosity in electrical autos and the producer after the announcement of electrification plans, NAPA stated it’s the proper time for the corporate to step into the phase and develop into a market chief.
The announcement was made on the Montreal Electrical and Plug-in Hybrid Car Present on April 22.
Nexdrive is already working in Europe at Benelux, a area protecting Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. It operates beneath Alliance Automotive Group, an related subsidiary of Real Components Firm.
There are 100 service facilities until now since its launch in 2020. In Canada, NAPA will assist the banner via its community of shops and distribution facilities.
“We’re very proud to supply house owners of electrical and plug-in hybrid autos a community of licensed shops that may be capable to meet their upkeep and restore wants,” stated UAP President Alain Massey. “Rising shopper curiosity in such autos, in addition to authorities efforts to scale back greenhouse gasoline (GHG) emissions, are serving to to speed up the transition to those new applied sciences, and we consider Canada to be the chief within the aftermath. Our place will enable us to supply a high quality various to Authentic Tools Dealerships.”
Certification is required to develop into a technician in a NexDrive store. Tech should meet a particular standards, together with accredited technical coaching, specialised tools and tools, adherence to strict security requirements, common audits and components from licensed NAPA shops.
Proper now, 11 outlets within the NAPA community are NexDrive-certified in Quebec and one other 13 are within the means of acquiring certification. The corporate stated new outlets can be added to the banner within the coming weeks and months.
As introduced by NAPA, the NexDrive program is predicated on the Mechanic Haute Rigidity (MHT) program launched in 2020 by Alain and Matthew Cte, house owners of a number of NAPA auto components shops within the Quebec Metropolis space.
“Our objective is to offer the very best community of specialised service facilities for electrical and plug-in hybrid car restore and upkeep with the total assist of the NAPA Auto Components Community,” stated John O’Dowd, vice chairman of selling at NAPA.