Electric Vehicle Experience Centre set for July launch

by BPVA on 13 June 2017

Electric Vehicle Experience Centre set for July launch

The UK’s first multi-brand Electric Vehicle (EV) showroom will open its doors to the public on Saturday 22 July at Milton Keynes’ centre:mk.

The Electric Vehicle Experience Centre (EVEC ) results from a partnership between BMW i, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Volkswagen, and the Milton Keynes’ Go Ultra Low City scheme. The centre is a 4,000 sq showroom aimed to inform the town’s residents and visitors about the benefits of electric vehicle ownership in a relaxed setting.

Managed by Chargemaster and funded by Milton Keynes’ Go Ultra Low City scheme, the EVEC has been tasked to increase the number of EVs sold in the area. Milton Keynes’ target is for 23% of all new cars registered locally to be electric by 2021.

David Martell, Chief Executive of Chargemaster commented: “Opening the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre on 22 July will be a landmark day, not only for the electric vehicle sector, but also for Milton Keynes residents. Becoming the UK’s first multi-brand EV showroom, it will provide a destination for visitors to make an informed decision about owning an EV, without the pressure of having to make an immediate purchase decision. We are delighted to receive the support from six key electric vehicle manufacturers as founding partners of the EVEC.”

“We hope that this platform will change the way that electric vehicles are sold in cities and we’re proud to be working with Milton Keynes and Go Ultra Low to deliver this to the public.”

Brian Matthews, Head of Transport Innovation at Milton Keynes Council added: “The EVEC is a centrepiece of our thrust to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles and is a good example of the innovation that Milton Keynes is using to lead the way in transport innovation. We are delighted to be working with Chargemaster and six founding car manufacturers to bring this about.”