UK ‘garden city’ taking lead in cleaning-up with battery-cars showroom

  • UK garden city plans to clean up with EV’s
  • Six automakers will be showing battery cars
  • Britain’s first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom
ELECTRIFYING PLANS: One of England's first 'garden cities' is to open a multi-brand battery-car information centre. Image: Newspress
ELECTRIFYING PLANS: One of England’s first ‘garden cities’ is to open a multi-brand battery-car information centre. Image: Newspress

MILTON KEYNES, England – The UK’s first multi-brand showroom for electric vehicles, due to open in open here on July 22 2017, has been described as “a defining moment” for the steadily growing sector in Britain.

The Electric Vehicle Experience Centre is a 370sq m showroom intended to inform the town’s residents and visitors about the benefits of electric vehicle ownership and showcases a range of vehicles from leading manufacturers. Visitors will be able to discuss all elements of owning and running a battery car and even test-drive them on local roads.

ELECTRIFYING PLANS: One of England's first 'garden cities' is to open a multi-brand battery-car information centre. Image: Newspress
WALK-IN SHOWROOM: Six automakers will show their electric cars at this one-stop centre in England. Image: Newspress

The founding partners are BMW i, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen and each will display a range of its cars to suit various budgets and vehicle needs in a relaxed shopping-centre environment.

‘LANDMARK OPENING

It will be managed by Chargemaster (claimed to be the UK’s most prolific producer of vehicle charging points)  and funded by the Milton Keynes (one of the first ‘garden cities’ in England) Go Ultra-Low City scheme established to increase the number of EVs sold in the area. The target is 23% of all new registrations by 2021.

David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster, told The Corner in a media release: “The opening will be a landmark not only for the electric vehicle sector but also for Milton Keynes residents. As the UK’s first multi-brand EV showroom it will be a destination for visitors to make an informed decision about owning an EV without and pressure to buy immediately. Were delighted to have support from six automakers.

“We hope this platform will change how electric vehicles are sold.”

CENTREPIECE FOR TOWN’S PLANS

The EVEC is one of a number of battery-car initiatives planned Milton Keynes town council under the Go Ultra-Low City scheme, among them a significant investment in EV charging hubs, free parking and grants for workplace and home charging.

The town’s transport representative Brian Matthews commented: “The EVEC will be the centrepiece of our thrust to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles and a good example of Milton Keynes leading the way in transport innovation.”

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