The UK’s first all-electric vehicle (EV) showroom will open in Milton Keynes this year, as part of £9 million worth of investment from the UK's Go Ultra Low Cities programme.
The EV Experience Centre, as it is officially called, will feature cars from multiple brands and will be managed by UK electric car-charging company Chargemaster.
Fifty-two electric cars will be available in the central shopping centre store at launch, with visitors able to try each model before they buy. In the next five years, the number of cars available will rise to 99.
The store is one of several schemes that have come as part of the Go Ultra Low Cities programme. It aims to cut vehicle emissions by growing electric vehicle sales to represent 23% of the UK market by 2021. Currently, alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) make up 4.2% of the market.
Milton Keynes' head of transport innovation, Brian Matthews, said: “Our commitment to making Milton Keynes a go-to destination and flagship Go Ultra Low city starts with our residents.
“We’re delighted to be working with Chargemaster on this project, and are confident that the team is best placed to champion the EV sector, considering their knowledge and experience of the industry.”
Chargemaster CEO David Martell added: “Being part of such a high-profile and diverse project is very exciting for Chargemaster. The centre will be the first of its kind and we are sure it will pave the way for other cities to follow.”
Chargemaster is also supplying Milton Keynes with new charging infrastructure with £2.3m of investment from the Go Ultra Low Cities programme. It will set up two rapid charging hubs (EV fuelling stations) and 50 destination chargers across the Buckinghamshire city.