Mr. Electric helps DPD become more sustainable

December 24, 2019

The electrical service brand, Mr. Electric, has assisted the UK parcel delivery company DPD with the roll-out of its fleet of electric vehicle (EV) delivery vans in Cornwall by installing home vehicle charging points for two DPD delivery drivers.

From Newquay down to St Austell, the two drivers, Nick Lott and Simon Penter have both switched from a diesel van to a 100 per cent electric van that has resulted in reduced running costs, whilst also enabling them to become a more sustainable and efficient business.

The pair, equipped with their new Nissan e-NV200 vans, needed an affordable and user-friendly EV charging point to enable them to fulfil daily deliveries from a single fast charge, which would charge their vans whilst they slept.

As a government-approved installer of electric chargepoints, Mr. Electric was appointed by the DPD drivers to carry out the work and is now assisting both drivers to apply for a grant under the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, where they can each receive up to £500 off the cost of purchasing and installing their home charging point.

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Lott commented: “I was so impressed with Mr. Electric from the outset and have already referred the business to both colleagues and friends, which is testament to the work they carried out for me.

“The team provided a quality service, from the initial site survey to understanding my requirements and they continue to show their high levels of knowledge and expertise in the EV market.

“I have become more environmentally and economically minded with my new EV van and have taken advantage of a new off-peak electricity tariff to help reduce the costs even further. Being able to charge my van easily and quickly at home is also essential for my business.”

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Green transport technology

Steve Barlow, director of Mr. Electric Cornwall, said: “Nick strongly believes we have a corporate social responsibility towards the environment to be zero- emissions by 2050 and fully supports the growing demand for sustainable green transport technology.

Barlow added: “We have seen an increase in demand for EV charging points in Cornwall over the past six months, with our sales having doubled and enquiries quadrupled.

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“It is great to see that many more consumers and businesses are embracing these emerging technologies and are looking for new ways to reduce rising fuel bills and reduce their carbon footprint.”

As OLEV approved, Mr. Electric franchisees ensure that electric vehicle chargepoints are installed safe and secure for its commercial and domestic customers. The company adds that it is also a trusted partner for EO Charging and Rolec, who both offer a comprehensive product range that is compatible with leading motor manufacturers’ EVs.

Source: Franchise World

Couple branch out in business with Wales first Mr Electric franchise

October 28, 2019

Abergavenny couple Michael Stewart and Tracy Yarnall have embarked on a new business enterprise by launching Wales’ first Mr Electric franchise.

Mr Electric, the UK’s leading electrical franchise brand, covering Newport, Abergavenny, Cwmbran, Pontypool and surrounds.

The new office is based in Abergavenny.

Michael and Tracy will be joined by one other fully qualified electrician, providing electrical solutions for homes and businesses in all aspects of electrical repair, installation and energy saving, including electric vehicle car-charging points.

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Prior to becoming new franchise owners, Michael spent eight years running a successful newsagents and Post Office in Cwmbran, while Tracy devoted her time to supporting struggling families during her four years of working for Barnardo’s. After taking the business as far as it could go, Michael decided he needed to set himself a new challenge by embarking on an exciting new business opportunity in the electrical industry, a venture Tracy was eager to join him in.

Not wanting to start a new business from scratch, Michael and Tracy began researching various franchise opportunities. They decided to make an investment in a future and recession proof sector with a well-known brand and was growing fast. Mr Electric fitted the bill, particularly as it was part of Neighbourly, the world’s largest franchisor of home service brands, with a franchise network of more than 3,700 franchisees worldwide.

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The couple said: “We initially looked at several other franchises but struggled to find a franchisor who made us feel confident that we would be fully supported to make our business as successful as possible. That is until we found Mr Electric.

“Not only do we know that we have the support of a dedicated team behind us who are always there to champion our success, we are now also part of a network of franchisees who share our passion for the brand. Joining Mr. Electric given us the opportunity to be a part of a very exciting industry, particularly with the rise of electric vehicles and chargepoints, which we’re thrilled to bring to our local community.”

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Mr Electric is a brand with expertise in electrical installation, maintenance and repair, providing a national service with local coverage. It is an authorised Office for Low Emission Vehicles installer of electric vehicle charging points with a network of franchised electrical businesses who install and manage EV charging points for homes, workplaces and public areas throughout the UK.

By Jo Barnes

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Mr Electric approved as a chargepoint installer

June 5, 2018

Mr Electric, the electrical service franchise, has announced that it has been recognised as a government-approved installer of electric vehicle chargepoints, enabling its network of franchisees to install and manage charging points for homes, workplaces and public areas across the UK.

Authorised by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), Mr Electric can now help domestic and commercial customers apply for the OLEV grant scheme for the installation of an electric vehicle chargepoint, which will help to reduce the cost of installation.

The government grants are designed to support the wider use of ultra-low emission vehicles to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. To ensure safe and secure charging, approved OLEV suppliers can only install electric vehicle chargepoints.

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The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme provides up to 75 per cent towards the installation cost of a chargepoint (up to a total of £500) and the Workplace Charging Scheme, a voucher-based system, offers up to £300 per socket (up to a maximum of 20).

Mr Electric says it is working with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Insulation Installation Contracting, to provide an electric vehicle charging training course for all its electricians. This qualification will provide the required accreditation to install the chargepoints, as well as offering site surveys, design, installation, registration, monitoring, billing, smart control and maintenance.

Pierre Jeannes, vice-president of operations for Mr Electric, said: “Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular as both consumers and businesses are looking for new ways to reduce rising fuel bills. As a result of this, the demand for electric vehicle charging points is also growing and this has opened up a lucrative new business opportunity for our franchisees.

“More than 47,000 plug-in cars were registered in 2017 taking the total on the road to 137,000, which is an increase of 94% since 2013. We also have a corporate social responsibility towards the environment, and as we move into the future, we fully support the growing demand for sustainable green transport technology and aim to be at the forefront of this sector.”

Franchisees already reaping the benefits of his new initiative include Jeff Longley, director of Mr Electric Birmingham North. Longley commented: “The endorsement we received by OLEV is great news for our business, particularly as we are able to apply for the funding on behalf of our customers and deduct it directly from the overall cost.

“We are one of the first electrical businesses in the West Midlands to have achieved this accreditation and we are already working with our customers to provide a simple and cost-effective way of installing charging points. While it’s still available, we encourage people to take advantage of the funding.”

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