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Chrysler Brand Top Ranked for EV Car-Shopping Experience, Followed by BMW and Mini

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Stellantis NV's Chrysler brand ranked highest in the 2021 Pied Piper Omnichannel PSI® for Electric Vehicles (EVs) Auto Industry Study.

The study answered the question, “What happens when EV customers shop for a vehicle by first visiting the brand’s website or a dealership website, and then visiting a dealership in person?”

 

BMW was ranked second of the 21 battery electric or plug-in hybrid EV brands evaluated, followed by BMW’s Mini brand.

 

How customers shop completely changed in the late 2000s with widespread acceptance and use of smartphones. As an example, in 2007, the year the iPhone was introduced, online retailer Amazon did $15 billion in sales. Last year, Amazon’s revenues exceeded $300 billion, and today customers almost always begin their shopping online, even if they eventually visit a store in-person.

 

More recently, brands that traditionally relied only on in-person sales have embraced new online digital retail tools. For the auto industry this has meant the appearance of “Buy Now” or “Buy from Home” buttons on brand and dealer websites, along with other online digital retail tools like inventory search, payment calculator, trade-in value estimator, test-drive request and others.

 

This new approach to shopping and purchase, which combines and integrates the online and in-store experience, is called “Omnichannel Selling,” and for the auto industry it results in the following customer path: A customer moves from a brand website to a dealership website and start of communication with the dealership, to visiting the dealership in-person, and the customer may then go back home again and back onto the websites before committing to buy either online or back at the dealership in person.

 

For 21 different auto brands selling EVs, Pied Piper measured whether their customers' omnichannel path was intuitive, simple to use and easy to navigate, as well as effective at showcasing products and...


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