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Five Fascinating Facts about Electric Cars

Five Fascinating Facts about Electric Cars

With the 2030 ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars approaching, in addition to the surge in electric vehicle sales, it’s no surprise that people can’t stop talking about electric cars!

So, with that in mind, here are five fascinating electric car facts.

1) The first electric car was built in 1884

No, the first car was not built by Elon Musk; in fact, it was an English inventor named Thomas Parker! Back in 1884, Parker combined the two in a carriage to create the first production electric car in Wolverhampton, using his own rechargeable batteries to build the vehicle. Thomas Parker is also well-known for various innovations, such as electrifying the London Underground and multiple overhead tramways around the country.

2) The Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling EV in the UK last year

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the Tesla Model 3 was classed as the UK’s best-selling pure electric car in 2021!

Registrations for Tesla soared with a whopping 34,783 cars registered last year, beating its EV rivals and beloved models – the Renault Zoe (5,778 sales) and the Nissan LEAF (9,052 sales). Even the second best-selling EV – the Kia e-Nero – got less than half the sales the Tesla Model 3 did.

It was also the UK’s second best-selling car overall, despite being pitted against its petrol and diesel competitors.

Best Selling Pure Electric Vehicles in the UK 2021 Registrations
Tesla Model 3 34,783
Kia e-Niro 12,271
Volkswagen ID.3 11,032
Nissan Leaf 9,052
Audi e-tron 7,396
Hyundai Kona 7,199
MINI 6,615
Renault Zoe 5,778
Vauxhall Corsa-e 5,605
MG ZS 5,380

(Source: The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders)

3) There are more electric vehicle charging points than petrol stations in the UK

According to Zap-Map, as of February this year, there are approximately 29,595 charging devices in 18,555 locations across the UK. Statista found that there are only 8378 petrol stations – meaning there are more public charging points than petrol stations in the UK.  This does not include any dedicated home charging points! With the rate at which electric vehicle chargers are growing – who knows how many charging points there might be in a few years?

4) An electric vehicle has been to the moon!

NASA sent an astronaut to the moon with an electric battery-powered four-wheeled buggy in the last three missions of the American Apollo Programme. The Lunar Roving Vehicle or, sometimes called the Lunar Rover or Moon Buggy, was the first electric vehicle to land on the moon! Talk about future proof!

(Photo credit: NASA/Dave Scott) 

5) Celebrities are making the switch to electric

Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, Cameron Diaz,, Steven Speilberg, and Brad Pitt are amongst the growing list of celebrities with electric vehicles. Which EV’s have they chosen? All of these A-listers have chosen Tesla as their electric vehicle of choice!

Royalty has also taken the plunge into the world of electric, with Prince Charles having been seen in both a Jaguar I-Pace and a Tesla over the years.

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Tethered charger

This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.

Socketed charger

This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.

Spread over a 60 month period.

Tenants and homeowners are eligible for finance.

You decide the amount of months.

Minimum of £1000.

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Your order is not confirmed until your application has been approved.

Underground cable

We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.

Overhead cable

We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.

Standard Installation
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.

Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.

Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.

A Surge Protection Device is not included in our standard installation. 

What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.

If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.