Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy is to sell electric cars in its stores.
A green technology area in Best Buy stores will showcase electric cars, motorcycles, scooters and bicycles as well as other energy saving products.
The Tesla Roadster will be on show at Best Buy’s first store in Thurrock, with a 0-60mph time of 3.7 seconds, a 244 mile range and a price tag of £86,950. If this sounds rather expensive, the ECC Citroën C1 ev’ie four-seater city car, with a top speed of 60mph and up to a 75 mile range, will also be available in all Best Buy stores for customers to test drive and order.
Best Buy will also sell electric motorbikes, such as the Brammo Enertia. There will also be electric scooters from Xero Tech: the Urban Citi, Urban Tourer and the Classic, with prices starting at £1,499.99.
In addition there will be electric bikes such as the Gocycle, and brands like Ultramotor with its Urban, Hybrid and Metro bikes and Moore & Large’s Izip range. Prices start at £399.99.
The shops will also sell energy-efficiency items for the home, together with advice about the products.
All of Best Buy’s car parks will have electric charging points so customers can power-up for free while they browse.
Best Buy will open its first store in Thurrock, Essex on 30 April 2010, followed by stores in Hedge End (Southampton) and Merry Hill (West Midlands) that will both open in June, and then followed by Aintree near Liverpool in the following weeks. Best Buy has also confirmed that it will be opening a store in Croydon, Surrey in Autumn 2010.
Best Buy was founded in 1966 as the Sound Music Store, a small audio components boutique, in America. Today Best Buy is the number one speciality customer electronics retailer in the world. In 2008 Best Buy acquired 50% of the Carphone Warehouse’s European and US retail interests for £1.1billion, creating Best Buy Europe.
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