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Moving in a different direction

ELECTRICAL lighting specialists KwikLite is driving its business forward with a strategic partnership to install electric vehicle charging points.

The Northamptonshire firm has achieved the necessary electrical qualifications from the NICEIC and now, working with partners ROLEC of Boston – world leaders in outdoor electrical equipment – and City Electrical Factors, to offer clients and prospective clients the complete installation of charging points.

The UK government originally announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol or diesel cars in July 2017 with a target date of 2040. It was announced that the plans would include hybrid vehicles in 2018 following increasing pressure of legal action from the EU over the illegal levels of air pollution.

High concentrations of nitrogen oxide, which go over the legal limit of 40 micrograms per cubic metre, are one of the reasons the ban was introduced. Initiatives such as clear air zones with blocks and fines have been considered, but there are concerns that these will divert traffic to the less polluted areas instead.

The Road to Zero strategy was announced by the former Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and it also includes other targets such as for half of all cars sold to be ultra-low emission by 2030.

When plans were first announced, plug-in vehicles made up less than one per cent of total car sales in the country. By the first half of 2018, this grew to 2.2 per cent.

KwikLite Managing Director Graham Parr said: “There are currently only around 17,000 charging points across up to 6,000 locations in the UK. If we are going to meet the predicted growth of electric vehicles to one million by 2020, it has been estimated that charging infrastructure across the UK will need to be increased six-fold.

“That demand, coupled with KwikLite’s energy efficiency ethos and our technical abilities, led the directors to believe that this is a perfect move for the company.”

To find out more, contact KwikLite on 01604 212805, email or visit the website www.kwiklite.co.uk

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