Mon 24th July 2017
- The UK’s first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom opened to the public on 22 July
- Chargemaster is running the centre as part of Milton Keynes’ Go Ultra Low City scheme
- The EV Experience Centre (EVEC) is providing information, advice and test drives
The UK’s first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom – the Electric Vehicle (EV) Experience Centre, operated by Chargemaster – opened its doors in the Centre:MK shopping centre on Saturday 22 July. It is run by a team of professionally-trained EV gurus, providing information and advice, and visitors will be able to test drive the latest electric cars.
With support from six vehicle manufacturers as founding partners, the EV Experience Centre will initially showcase models from BMW i, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen, with the option to test cars on local roads. In addition to expert advice on the different vehicle technologies, visitors will able to find out about local charging infrastructure, including the creation of two EV charging ‘hubs’ in Milton Keynes, free EV parking and grants for home and workplace charging.
The AA Trust, also a founding partner of the centre, has launched its new Drive Electric lessons, which will initially be run from the EV Experience Centre. The lessons have been designed by Drive Tech and will be delivered by AA instructors, to help drivers better understand electric vehicles, and how to get the best out of them when driving.
David Martell, Chief Executive of Chargemaster said, “The opening of the EV Experience Centre is a landmark moment for electric vehicles in the UK. The next five years will see the uptake of EVs ramp up, as a wider choice of models come to market, with improved range and greater desirability. The EV Experience Centre will provide a great opportunity for those interested in electric vehicles to find out more and test drive one, which we are confident will encourage even more consumers to buy electric cars.”
Brian Matthews, Head of Transport Innovation at Milton Keynes Council, said: “We are very proud to be one of the UK’s Go Ultra Low Cities, and we are putting the UK’s first EV Experience Centre at the very heart of our programme. We want to encourage and support as many drivers as possible to go electric, and the information, advice and test drives offered through the centre will help to show local consumers how easily an EV could fit into their lifestyle.”
The EV Experience Centre is located within Centre:MK, 26 & 28 Crown Walk, Milton Keynes, MK9 3ES.
More information can be found at: evexperiencecentre.co.uk