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In 2013 registration of pure electric and hybrid vehicles far outstripped previous years, with an estimated 70% increase in sales on the previous year. Potential buyers are being attracted to electric vehicles because of tax breaks, lower running costs and environmental credentials, and government funded grant incentives such as the supply and installation of free car chargers and plug-in car grants. If you have considered buying an Electric Vehicle it’s worth first finding out whether your EV of choice qualifies for a Plug-In Car Grant.

While the popular perception of electric vehicles is that of low-powered city runarounds, recent developments in battery and engine technology mean that EVs have the potential to match, and in some cases even better, the performance of petrol-engine vehicles. We’ve been following a few of these changes and wanted to share some of the exciting developments coming in 2014.

Retroflo Press Release

South Hetton based electrical contractor Retroflo this week announced the 300th order for its free domestic electric vehicle charge point installation service. The service, available to homeowners throughout the north east, offers customers the free supply and installation of a government approved domestic EV charger as part of the UK’s ULEV (Ultra-low Emission Vehicle) strategy.

The strategy, launched in September last year, makes available £37m funding to install free charge points in homes with off-road parking across the UK. Retroflo were approved to install EV charge points in November, and since launching the service the company has created six new staff positions to cope with demand as the response has outstripped original expectations.

Whether a domestic, industrial or commercial client there are many benefits to using a NICEIC contractor such as Retroflo, not least because contractors seeking approval undergo approval a stringent examination of a representative sample of their work, premises, documentation, equipment, and staff. Once contractors become registered with NICEIC, they are re-assessed on a regular basis to ensure high standards are maintained.