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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.

A New Kind of Kit Car

Not very practical for the weather in the North East, but we really like Tabby, the world's first hybrid four-wheeler you can order online and assemble in your garage in under an hour.