You’re welcomed, not by a slimy salesperson, but by a electric car ‘guru’ who isn’t paid on commission, but rather on giving well-informed, honest advice.
There’s not a hard-sell in sight.
This shiny showroom of the future is the Apple Store of electric cars, and it’s opening in Milton Keynes on 22 July.
Buying the future
Backed by BMW, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen, the ‘Electric Vehicle Experience Centre’ is the UK’s first multi-brand electric car showroom.
It’s “a destination for visitors to make an informed decision about owning an EV, without the pressure of having to make an immediate purchase decision,” says David Martell, the CEO of electric charging group Chargemaster, which is managing the store.
The showroom manager, Ted Foster, even told The Times that his staff would give realistic facts about the cars, even if that led people to decide to stick with traditional petrol cars.
“For the Renault Zoe, the rated range [before the battery dies] is 255 miles but in the real world you are going to get 180,” he said.
“The Nissan Leaf is 124 miles but in the real world 90.”
The new super-store is just the latest example of Milton Keynes leading the way when it comes to the future of travel.
The town already has 9.2 electric cars per 1,000 people, compared with a national average of 1.5, and is the testing site for a number of driverless car projects and artificially intelligent traffic lights.