Explore How Electric Motoring Could Work for You - at the Milton Keynes EV Experience Centre

August 31, 2017 11:28 AM
Originally published by Nick Hollinghurst - Working for Tring, Working for Britain, Working for You!

EVEC Milton Keynes (Chargemaster plc)Chargemaster plc, which installs and maintains the Polar network of electric vehicle charging points, supplies electricity and administers a billing system, opened the UK's first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom to the public on Saturday 22 July.

Chargemaster is running what it calls an EV Experience Centre (EVEC) as part of the Milton Keynes Go Ultra Low City scheme. The EVEC, which is situated in the Centre:MK shopping centre, provides information, advice and test drives.

It is staffed by a team of professionally-trained EV experts, able to explain the pros and cons of electric motoring, demonstrate the features of the different cars and arrange test drives in the latest models.

The EVEC is open seven days a week and supports Milton Keynes' ambition to become the UK's first Go Ultra Low City. The centre will cover every aspect of EV ownership as well as giving impartial advice on specific models, government grants available, different types of plug-in vehicle and charging options. The 11 experts are there purely to educate, inform and advise visitors in a relaxed environment, with no sales pressure.

The EVEC is supported by £9m of government funding and it supports the town's aim for electric vehicles to make up 23% of all new car sales in the local area within five years.

There are now more than 100,000 ultra-low emission vehicles on UK roads, and it is hoped that nearly every car and van will be zero emission by 2050. Originally introduced by Ed Davey, the Lib Dem Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, in the Coalition government, there are grants of up to £4,500 currently available off the price of new ultra-low emission cars. The government has budgetted more than £600m by 2020 to pay out these grants.

The EV Experience Centre will initially showcase models from BMW i, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen and 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 EV Experience Centre is located within Centre:MK at 26 & 28 Crown Walk, Milton Keynes, MK9 3ES.

More information can be found at: evexperiencecentre.co.uk Picture from Chargemaster plc