Automotive and EV Readiness Advisory

The Automotive Sector – a period of fundamental change

The Automotive sector is undergoing a period of momentous change with advances in electrification, connectivity, autonomous vehicles and new commercial models. 

Franchise and Network Strategy teams in OEM’s as well as Automotive Retailers themselves need to make strategic moves now to embrace the industry’s evolution, search for profitable growth and position retailers and dealer networks to succeed in an environment that is both volatile and uncertain.

The MHA EV Alliance – leading advisors across Automotive.

We are a network of companies and advisors to the sector with the primary mission to help Automotive Retailers and OEM’s prepare for Electric Vehicles (“EV’s”) and to position themselves for the “Dealership of the Future” in the areas of:

The Consumer Journey

  • How and where will dealerships sell and deliver new and used vehicles in 2030 and who controls the online journey, OEM and/or Dealer?
  • What other bundled products and services, including energy, will the dealership be selling, how will aftersales be provided?
  • How does changing consumer attitudes and demographics impact the “how” and “what” dealers are selling and what are the barriers to EV sales?

Dealership Property

  • What will physical dealerships and their footprint look like in 2030?
  • What other mixed property use opportunities exit for dealerships?

EV and Energy Solutions

  • What do dealers need to do to lay their site and network EV Readiness foundations in terms of future-proof EV charge-points and infrastructure?
  • How will dealerships meet their energy needs (EV chargers, Solar, V2G and battery storage) and blue-sky commercial opportunities (e-hubs and e-forecourts) by 2030?
  • How will dealers meet their ESG and future carbon emissions targets?

Funding the Dealership Transition and Consumer Solutions

  • What other funding solutions are available to dealerships, OEM’s and consumers in the new operating model?

We work with some of the leading OEM’s from Mazda and Toyota to Porsche and this insight gives you the most up to date market data with a future proof strategy to help your dealership and/or networks invest in the right infrastructure and processes to lay strong foundations and maximise future sales.

EV Readiness for OEM’s and Automotive Retailers

Our alliance contains experts from the energy, engineering and infrastructure sectors meaning helping ensure you have the right EV charger infrastructure in place for your site or network to not only meet today’s EV charging requirements but also the future forecast EV energy needs in the race to the 2030 ban on the sale of ICE vehicles.

In many cases the provision of EV chargers will require upgrades to the infrastructure that supplies energy to the EV chargers. Proactively ensuring this energy infrastructure is available and planned for ensures that dealerships and dealer networks are “EV Ready” and reduces the risk of forecast energy price hikes as demand increases in a supply constrained market.

Our experts use cutting edge technology, up to date EV and energy market data and forecasts to determine available site head room incorporating energy demand from local area and neighbours.  We also use tailored questionnaires, energy asset models and site surveys to design a cost-effective EV infrastructure implementation plan to support the increasing volume of EV’s dealerships will be processing.    

Our alliance partners help you optimise your site charger and infrastructure installation using innovative site layout and cabling options plus future ready electrical site works remove the need to “dig up the car park twice” and reduce the impact on your site operations!

EV and Energy Asset Management

We have developed an EV and Energy Asset Management Service which supports OEM’s and dealers with the development and ongoing management of EV and energy assets across sites and networks, including assets such as EV charging, power supplies and energy generation and storage.

Working with our alliance partners, dealers and OEM’s will be able to utilise the database of their sites existing EV and energy assets (developed from the EV Readiness project) to both model and assess the potential energy cost savings and commercial opportunities from potential future energy assets, such as energy generation and storage.

The EV and Energy Asset Management database will also enable the ability to reduce peak power demand and the power supply capacity required at each site as well as the use of Vehicle to Grid (“V2G”) EV charging to reduce the need for static battery energy storage.

The right team for you

Our team have been advising Automotive Retailers  and OEMs as the market-leading independent alliance of EV, Energy, Tax, Technology, Network Planning, Property and Automotive specialists. We are the best team to help your motor dealership site or network prepare for and maximise tomorrows’ opportunity today.

MHA EV Alliance Members

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Our credentials are widely known across the industry and Alliance members are regularly asked to contribute at national motor associations updates and dealer conferences.

The MHA EV Forum is a yearly held event that brings together key players in the EV sector and FDs from across the motor industry to share essential updates and best practice.  We also run regular MHA EV Readiness webinars.

These popular forums and webinars are attended by OEMs, dealer networks and motor press and is a pioneering event for Automotive and Mobility sector.

Click here to watch highlights from our most recent EV Forum.

Latest EV Readiness webinars

Meet the MHA team

Steve Freeman – Partner and Automotive and Mobility Sector Head

Steve heads up our National Automotive Sector Practice and Automotive & Mobility Advisory Business out of our Milton Keynes office. He was previously a partner at PwC and EY and he also led a boutique motor specialist advisory firm. Steve has grown our Automotive Sector practice by bringing in sector experts and through engaging with manufacturers and owners of retail groups in a broad business dialogue, thereby finding ways to support them with their strategic, operational risk and tax compliance agendas, Steve’s client portfolio includes a number of OEM’s plus a significant number of Top 100 group’s and many other dealer groups. He also leads a number of motor networks and forums, including The MHA Motor EV and FD Forum’s meaning his clients and executives in the sector regard him as a trusted advisor.

Chris Danes – Partner and Head of Automotive Tax

Chris has been in the Baker Tilly family his entire career, working in the UK for ten years then moving to Baker Tilly International for many years. In 2019, Chris became a Tax Partner with MHA MacIntyre Hudson – the UK member firm of Baker Tilly International.

Chris uses his deep knowledge of the Baker Tilly International network and relationships with the trusted colleagues in circa 150 countries within the Baker Tilly International Network to support his Large Corporate Clients with their Global Tax needs.

Nigel Morris – Director and Automotive Employment Taxes Lead, including Salary Sacrifice

Nigel was previously an HMRC Inspector and has worked in the Big 4 for 18 years before joining MHA MacIntyre Hudson in January 2017. His experience includes work on a range of employment tax matters for a range of major national and international businesses as well as SME and OMB businesses.

Nigel has aided clients in managing employment tax risk and mitigating HMRC settlements, as well as spending a considerable amount of time designing, implementing and communicating arrangements to reduce employment tax cost. He has worked on a large number of car consulting projects, including the development and design of bespoke arrangements for clients, including ECOS, Salary sacrifice and Hybrid fleet arrangements.

Glyn Edwards – Director and Automotive VAT Lead

Glyn’s VAT career started with H.M.Customs and Excise in 1989 and he spent seven years in the Department before moving to consultancy.

He is passionate about making VAT understandable to clients and always aims to seek solutions which work for a business as well as being compliant with the complexities of VAT regulations.

Glyn has an enviable record in VAT litigation and dispute resolution representing clients in Tribunal and Alternative Dispute Resolution as well as instructing barristers in leading VAT cases.

Greg Taylor – Partner and Head of MHA Banking & Finance

Greg joined MHA Macintyre Hudson in January 2015 and heads-up MHA Banking & Finance, which is our in-house Commercial Finance Intermediary Service.

Greg has over 20 years commercial finance experience having worked in senior positions for both bank owned & independent finance houses.

He & his team work closely with a wide range of companies looking for access to finance, including owner-managed businesses, SMEs and Corporate Clients across multiple sectors.

Rich Hall – Consultant and Head of Sustainability

Rich joined MHA in September 2020 to lead our Sustainability, Corporate Responsibility and Climate Change work.

A former ‘big four’ Risk Assurance Director, Rich started, built and led their Northern Sustainability Practice and was ultimately responsible for their Performance Assurance line of service.

Drawing on over 30 years cross sector, multi discipline experience. Rich brings over 15 years’ experience and passion of leading successful Sustainability and risk engagements. He has worked and led teams both internationally and within the UK, working with some of the largest and most complex businesses across their global footprints.

Get in touch

Get in touch to find out how the MHA EV Alliance can help your dealership take its first step on its EV Readiness journey.

Get in contact with the MHA EV Alliance

Key Contact

Steve Freeman

Partner - Automotive and Mobility Sector Head