Charging ahead

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Just as the Autovillage premises have evolved, so too are the vehicles offered to Autovillage customers.

Mike Farmer says electric vehicles are among the most asked about new technologies, one he believes will expand quickly in the coming few years.

“We are getting more enquiry than ever about EVs, but I suspect it will be about five years before they really take off. Meantime we are very well positioned with a range of quality vehicles to meet that need, some that will also qualify for the EV grant recently offered.”

These include the entry point MG ZS EV, Nissan with its new generation LEAF, through to Audi’s eye catching premium EVs including the Audi e-tron, in both GT quattro and RS GT variants.

Recognising the rise in EVs, Farmer Autovillage was the first to provide the only 175kW DC charging station in the Bay of Plenty. Open 24/7, the station slices many minutes off the conventional 50kW charging units found in the city, and is easily activated through the ChargeNet EV app.

The past 13 years since opening the Hewlett’s Road centre have been exciting and evolving for Farmer Autovillage.

Mike Farmer says he and his team are already gearing up for the future where those changes are only likely to come even quicker, in an industry facing massive changes.

“It is likely to be an exceptional period of change, but we have proven to ourselves, our customers and the industry we are well positioned to manage those changes.

“As we do, one thing won’t change and that is our absolute commitment to our customers and our community, providing the best in service and brands, nothing is ever a problem at Farmer Autovillage,” says Mike.

Read: Farmer Autovillage eyes exciting future

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