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We've Sparked a Lot of Interest in Free Electric Vehicle Chargers

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.

Retroflo Operations Director Andy Laundon says he has been pleasantly surprised by how quickly the new service has attracted customers: “We’ve promoted the service locally but it’s really an offer that sells itself. The scheme operates on a first come first served basis, so people are getting their orders in before the funding pot runs dry.”

This high level of interest perhaps also reflects the stronger car market, with the UK car industry enjoying its strongest sales since 2007 and registrations of hybrid and electric cars up by 17.5 per cent in 2013. But it’s not just EV owners taking advantage of the scheme.

“Homeowners see the benefits of installing an EV charge point whether or not they actually own an electric vehicle,” says Laundon. “It’s a process of future proofing your home, which can only add value to the property in the long run.” Installation of the charge points is a straightforward process with a pre-installation survey to check that the current electric supply meets regulatory requirements and an average installation time of 2-3 hours. As an NICEIC approved electrical contractor, Retroflo operate under strict working practices, ensuring the quality and safety of the work. This fact has not been lost on recent customers.

Mark Jackson a business owner from Durham was impressed with the level of service provided: “The whole process was completely painless from start to finish. The fitting team were polite, professional and knowledgeable. Importantly there was no mess to tidy up when they finished.”

The unit installed at Mark Jackson’s property was the PodPoint Solo 2. This 16A 3.6Kw Mode 3 model is one of the most economical charging stations on the market and includes a J1772 (type 1) tethered lead connection gun, holster, pin lock and status LED. Retroflo also recently became an approved supplier of Rolec EV charging products, and now offer customers a choice of units and improved waiting times for installations.

Retroflo’s recent entry into the EV charging marketplace sits well with the company’s existing green credentials. At the forefront of energy saving developments in wastewater pumping systems for many years, the company continues to grow on the back of a reputation for innovation, and recently doubled the size of the office and development space at its base in the North East.

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