Posted on June 26, 2018 by staff

Bolton firm leading charge towards electric vehicles


Love Energy Solutions is encouraging the push towards electric vehicles by offering charging points to companies across the UK.

The business comparison consultancy is leading by example after installing one of the terminals at its own headquarters in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

The EV market is set to experience huge growth over the next few years, with the Government committed to a sizeable increase in the number of electric cars on our roads.

One major hurdle to this is the lack of charging infrastructure. The latest figures show there are around 155,000 electric vehicles in use in the UK – either pure electric or plug-in hybrid models (PHEVs).

The most popular PHEV is the Mitsubishi Outlander, with 33,600 having been sold, while the Nissan Leaf (21,600) – pictured being charged below – is the top of the pure electric vehicle rankings.

Pure EVs have an average range of 114 miles and website Zap Map estimates there are currently 16,700 connectors at 5,850 locations across the UK.

Love Energy Solutions’ head of corporate Adrian Cieslake, said: “Tackling carbon emissions remains a global priority, with the Government committing to reducing them by 80 per cent by 2050.

“As a result there is a huge effort underway to encourage people to transfer to electric vehicles, but the charging infrastructure needs to be in place to make this work.

“Love Energy Solutions is looking to address this by offering electric car charging points to companies.

“This will hopefully prompt a switch to electric vehicles for both business usage and staff.”

The AutoCharge unit, which is compliant with all EV and PHEV models, is hard-wearing and designed for both commercial and public-facing installation.

Funding sources for the charging points are available depending on geographic location. Separate electricity supply is installed and paid for by a Love Energy Solutions partner.

Last year, global taxi firm Uber pledged to have all petrol and diesel cars using its app replaced with electric and hybrid vehicles by 2022.

Westminster also declared war on combustion engines last summer when ministers announced that sales of new petrol and diesel cars will stop by 2040 as part of its plan to tackle air pollution.