U.S. retailer Wal-mart Stores Inc. is shutting more than 50 stores and closing the electronics department as part a transition to the electric car.
The move is one of the largest in a decade, and is one in a series of closures to help accelerate the transition to electrification.
Wal-marts nationwide will stop accepting orders from customers who do not have a Tesla or a Tesla Model S electric vehicle.
The store will remain open as usual, but will offer customers a range of other electric vehicles to choose from.
The retailer said it will offer more than 300 new electric vehicles.
The closures come amid rising demand for electric cars in the United States.
Walmart says it has sold 2 million electric cars since January, with another 5 million in the works.
The chain, whose parent company, Wal- Mart Stores Inc., owns about 50 stores in the U..
S., said it expects to open 1,100 more stores this year.
In the first year of the shift, Walmarts U.K. stores will continue to accept orders for new Tesla and Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles, the company said.
Tesla will continue selling its current electric vehicles in the stores and through its online store.
“We are pleased to welcome the Wal-Marts U, UK stores back into our family of brands,” the company wrote on its website.
“We expect the number of electric vehicles on our shelves to grow and we are excited to have this new range of vehicles available to our customers in the future.”
The company will begin shipping its Tesla electric vehicles directly to customers’ homes, but the company’s cars will not be available at Walmalls U.k. stores until the end of 2018.
The Wal-Amps decision comes as Tesla is under pressure to get more cars on the roads.
Tesla said last week that it plans to sell about 3,500 electric vehicles a year, but has only begun shipping cars.
The automaker is working with automakers to sell more vehicles at lower prices, which will help it beat its production targets.
Tesla will also continue to sell the Model S, which it acquired from Ford Motor Co. for about $1.5 billion in 2017.