As part of the city’s £9 million Go Ultra Low Cities programme, Milton Keynes is to host the first-ever electric vehicle experience centre, designed to educate and inspire residents on the benefits of driving electric.
The project is due to launch in Spring 2017 and will be situated within the city’s premier shopping centre.
The ground-breaking new project will help residents understand the true potential of EV ownership. As well as showcasing the latest EVs and exciting technology. Staffed by highly trained independent professionals on hand to answer visitors’ questions and refer them to relevant local dealerships or partner leasing companies.
As an added bonus, Milton Keynes residents and businesses will also be able to test drive a range of vehicles on a short- or long-term basis, with 52 electric cars available this year for Milton Keynes residents to try before they buy, rising to 99 in the next 5 years, growing to include latest models.
Other initiatives in the Go Ultra Low Cities programme include a £2.3 million investment into additional Milton Keynes charging infrastructure. This will see the creation of two filling-station-style EV rapid charging hubs and 50 destination chargers across the town.
In addition, Milton Keynes will see the introduction of free parking for ultra-low emission vehicles, as well trialling the latest developments in technology such as inductive charging, among other innovative projects to boost EV uptake.
David Martell, Chargemaster CEO, said:
“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. We are looking forward to welcoming Milton Keynes shoppers and showing them everything that going green has to offer.”