EV (Electric Vehicle) Charging

WT Parker and Parker Energy are recognised installers for both the Midlands  Plugged in places and OLEV, working in partnership with Rolec who are a UK manufacturer.


Plugged in Places Midlands helps businesses in the Midlands counties.
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In 2013/2014  almost every leading car manufacturer in the world will launch at least one plug in electric vehicle (EV) into the market with many car Manufacturers launching multiple EV models to both Private and Commercial Sectors.

Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, Ford, Vauxhall, Peugeot, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Tesla, Volvo, VW, Rolls Royce, Lexus, Seat, Tata are just some of the manufacturers releasing EV’s.

Electric vehicles are nothing new

  • Between 1832 and 1839 (the exact year is uncertain), Robert Anderson of Scotland invented the first crude electric carriage, powered by non-rechargeable primary cells.
  • Electrified trains were used for coal transport, as the motors did not use precious oxygen in the mines. Switzerland’s lack of natural fossil resources forced the rapid electrification of their rail network.

One of the earliest rechargeable batteries – the nickel-iron battery – was favoured by Edison for use in electric cars.

  • Electric vehicles were among the earliest automobiles, and before the pre-eminence of light, powerful internal combustion engines, electric automobiles held many vehicle land speed and distance records in the early 1900s.

They were produced by Baker Electric, Columbia Electric, Detroit Electric, and others, and at one point in history out-sold gasoline-powered vehicles. In fact, in 1900, 28 percent of the cars on the road in the USA were electric.

EVs were so popular that even President Woodrow Wilson and his secret service agents toured Washington DC in their Milburn Electrics, which covered 60–70 miles per charge.

  • By the 20th century, electric cars and rail transport were commonplace, with commercial electric automobiles having the majority of the market.

Over time their general-purpose commercial use reduced to specialist roles, as platform trucks, forklift trucks, ambulances, tow tractors and urban delivery vehicles, such as the iconic British milk float.

For most of the 20th century, the UK was the world’s largest user of electric road vehicles.

  • In January 1990, General Motors’ President introduced its EV concept two-seater, the “Impact”, at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

That September, the California Air Resources Board mandated major-automaker sales of EVs, in phases starting in 1998. From 1996 to 1998 GM produced 1117 EV1s, 800 of which were made available through three-year leases.

The Toyota Prius, the first mass-produced hybrid gasoline-electric car, was introduced worldwide in 2001. As of February 2012, a total of 2.5 million Prius cars have been sold worldwide and it is the world’s best selling hybrid.


All Electric BEVs

As of April 2012, series production all-electric cars available in some countries include: Tesla Roadster, Mitsubishi i MiEV, Nissan Leaf, Smart ED, Mia electric, BYD e6, Renault Fluence Z.E., Ford Focus Electric, BMW ActiveE.

Plug in Hybrids (PHEV’s)

As of April 2012, production plug-in hybrids available include the BYD F3DM, Chevrolet Volt, Vauxhall Ampera, Fisker Karma, and Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

Electric bikes and scooters

All leading car and motor bike manufacturers are developing a wide range of electric bikes and scooters which can travel far further on a smaller single charge.