Cars and Computers: Best Buy Wants to Sell Electric Vehicles

Consumer electronics giant Best Buy may have the answer for many of the recent electric vehicle startups — a way to distribute their products. The Minneapolis-based chain is hoping to segue into the EV sales market in the long-term.

Selling electric vehicles would not be completely new territory for Best Buy, as they are already selling the Brammo electric motorcycle and will be the customer’s point of contact for 240-volt home chargers for the 2012 Mitsubishi i EV and 2013 Ford Focus Electric.

While speaking with Automotive News, Best Buy’s senior director for efforts in mobility and transportation Chad Bell pointed out that many Best Buy stores “get more traffic in a weekend than some dealers do in a month.” For a startup automaker to distribute through Best Buy would mean an instant dealer network of 1101 stores all across the country.

The consumer electronics chain is also speaking with major manufacturers about being the outreach place for customers to learn more about new in-car technology and tutorials, and hopes that it could be a place dealers outsourced such customer trainings to. Best Buys sees the market of EVs and their new technologies to be a place that it can expand its services.

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Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)


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