EV showroom set for MK debut

The UK’s first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom will open its doors to the public tomorrow, Saturday, 22 July, in centre:mk, Milton Keynes.

The showroom is managed by Chargemaster and funded by Milton Keynes’ Go Ultra Low City scheme. Named the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre (EVEC), it has been established 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.

The 4,000 sqft centre will help inform the town’s residents and visitors about the benefits of electric vehicle ownership. The EVEC is one of a number of initiatives being launched by Milton Keynes Council under the Go Ultra Low City scheme to promote the uptake of electric vehicles. These include significant investment in infrastructure, including the creation of a number of EV charging ‘hubs’, free parking for EVs and further grants for workplace and home charging.

Brian Matthews, head of transport innovation at Milton Keynes Council, said, ‘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.’