Electric cars are booming and with Opulous’s expertise in installing an electric car charger at home or work, we’re better placed than most to tell you what’s hot and what’s not in electric cars. Here’s our round-up of seven of the best

Electric car charger: Renault Zoe

Renault Zoe

1. Renault Zoe continues to rule the roost as Europe’s number 1 selling EV in 2017. This year Renault have launched a new model with an updated motor, improved
performance and android compatibility. This five door car can achieve 160 miles on a full charge and costs less to buy than most other electric cars. If buying from a
dealership the price will also include a wall mounted 7kW electric car charger to be installed at
your home.

2. The British built Nissan Leaf hit the market in 2010 and has sold over 300,000 cars
worldwide, beating the Renault Zoe for the title of most popular EV worldwide. Far
from a milk float, this electric car can do 0-60mph in 8 seconds out sprinting the VW
e-Golf. The Leaf has undergone a remodel this year, giving it a sportier feel.

3. With Zipcar introducing over 300 all electric VW e-golf to its users across London, it’s easy to see why placing an order for one is difficult. Unlike most EV’s, the e-Golf is
based on the much-loved standard fuel chassis, with the only difference being the
engine. It is easy to see how this car will become a popular family EV.

4. The BMW i3 is available in an all-electric form or as a range extended petrol/electric version, falling back on a 2-cylinder petrol engine when the battery is depleted.
BMW has rolled out the ChargeNow services offering 5000+ public EV charging
stations and for charging at home customers can have the BMWi wallbox installed.

5. Of course the big boys in the EV market are Tesla and the Tesla Model S leads the
luxury electric car market. By far one of the most expensive EV’s on the market, the Model S does offer significantly most miles per charge than any other electric car.
Owning a Tesla puts you in an exclusive club, allowing you free use of Tesla’s own electric car charger – the Supercharger, a high speed charging infrastructure, charging your car to full in
30 mins.

Electric car charger

Nissan e-NV200

6. One of the biggest players in the electric vehicle industry are stepping up its game,
introducing the Nissan e-NV200 pop top. Far from just a concept, Nissan showcased this smart new camper as the Madrid Motor Show in May 2018. This revolutionary
vehicle leads the pack as competitors such as VW are yet to bring their electric I.D
Buzz to market.

7. Another vehicle type being electrified is HGV’s, Tesla will launch the Tesla Semi in
2019. Currently being tested on the road, the Tesla Semi will be capable of travelling up to 600 miles on a single electric car charger charge – even when fully loaded. With supermarket giants such as Walmart placing orders, it is very clear that will we be seeing many of these electric lorries on the road in the next decade.

To find out more about installing an electric car charger point for any of these models, or for any electric car of your choice, get in touch!

With more and more homeowners becoming concerned with neighbourhood security, domestic CCTV systems are becoming a more common site across housing estates in the UK. CCTV cameras play an active role in discouraging crime and anti-social behaviour as they act as both a deterrent and an apprehension aid. A trustworthy system can be a pivotal part of your overall home security system, protecting your family from danger.

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Just like any electrical device, an electric car requires an electric car charger, but you can’t just park it up in your bedroom and plug it into the trusty bedside table socket. These clever cars require a special external plug point, preferably close to where you regularly park. Unlike a traditional engine which can be driven until the fuel run out, electric cars work on a top-upbasis. This requires the battery to be regularly topped up at various point of the day or week depending on how far you drive. The three main options for electric car charging are at home, at work or public charging, so it’s important to ensure you have the correct cable.

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Buying a new house can be a daunting task on its own, but then working out whether your new home requires a rewire, and a visit from a local electrician, is not always easy to spot. Cabling in homes has changed significantly over the past decades, from cable colour to consumer units, so there’s a lot to keep up with. We’ve put together this simple guide to break down some of the myths about rewiring and to help you spot some of the tell-talesigns that a rewire might be needed.

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  • The very first fairy lights in the UK were developed for the Savoy Theatre in 1882. Sir Joseph Swan, the pioneer of incandescent light bulbs, supplied the theatre for the opening night of Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera Iolanthe. They have been a common sight in the UK ever since.

  • The first Christmas tree decorated with electric lights was commissioned by Edward H Johnson, Vice President of the Edison Electric Light Company in 1882. His tree consisted of 80 hand-wired red, white and blue incandescent bulbs and was proudly displayed at his home on Fifth Avenue, New York. Johnson is widely known as the ‘Father of Christmas Tree Lights’.

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It’s 2017 and LED is affordable for all, with both financial and environmental gains there is no excuse.

It is easy to see the appeal of halogen bulbs, as they give off a warm, natural light and are cheap and easily available to buy. But against its more energy efficient younger cousin LED, the halogen is being slowly replaced across the retail world.

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As programmes like Grand Designs and Homes under the Hammer inspire people to renovate old properties and build their own, residential electricians have never been busier. The UK housing crisis means that those looking to buy are looking at alternative methods to capture their perfect property, keeping contractors on their toes with new requests and designs.

Our residential team is always working on new and exciting projects, meeting client requirements with the latest techniques and services. From smart lighting such as Rako to home sound systems such as Sonos, our team is on hand to guide home owners through their design.

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