UK Electric Car Charging Stations Take Off with Support of IES

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IES is the UK distributor for the Swedish GARO Group, one of the world’s leading electric vehicle charging station manufacturers providing robust, secure and safe electric car charging stations. The recent installation in Bury St Edmunds represents another small-but-significant step in the growth of the UK’s electric vehicle infrastructure – and another factor encouraging greater use of electric cars.

Electric Charge Point Bury St Edmunds

continually developing flexible solutions to meet and exceed our customers’ needs

IES recently supplied two electric car charging stations to Cale Briparc UK for installation at Parkway Car Park, Bury St Edmunds. Supply of the two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations shows how IES is building its reputation as a future-focused manufacturer and distributer of specialised electrical equipment.

Bristol-based IES is the UK distributor for the Swedish GARO Group, one of the world’s leading electric vehicle charging station manufacturers. With supply contracts such as this one, IES electrical products (distributed under the Integrated Electrical Solutions trading name) are clearly seen to be helping to expand the UK’s developing electric-vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Demonstration of market-leading electric vehicle charging technology

The new facility’s ease of use was demonstrated on 24 February 2011 in the presence of Cale Briparc, IES and Mitsubishi Motors UK. After the demonstration, during which a Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric city car was recharged, IES technical salesperson, Gary Wade, said: ‘We showed how easy it is to use this type of wall-mounted charge point, even where space is tight. Two standard pillar charging-stations were specially modified with wall-mountable supports, making the stations even more convenient for charging electric cars. It certainly shows off the new range’s versatility.’

Robust, secure and safe electric car charging stations

With last December’s installation, Bury St Edmunds got a robust, secure, safe facility for charging electric vehicles. The installation represents another small-but-significant step in the growth of the UK’s electric vehicle infrastructure – and another factor encouraging greater use of electric cars. In particular, the presence of more charging points is expected to reassure motorist who have previously held reservations about being able to recharge electric vehicles.

Alleviating motorists’ ‘range fear’

‘Range fear’, a paucity of attractive vehicles and limited electric vehicle charge facilities have historically dissuaded motorists from buying electric cars. Installations such as Bury’s help create the infrastructure that will alleviate motorists’ concerns about the availability of suitable charging points. As distributor of the GARO units, IES is therefore helping to establish the infrastructure that will encourage wider use of electric vehicles. The initiative also sits well with the green ethos pervading IES interests in electrical components, factory and plant relocation, engineering services, programme management and logistics.

A logical range extension for IES

As a successful manufacturer and distributer of power distribution equipment since 2004, IES already has a firm foothold in the sector. Now, as the UK distributor for GARO products, IES has added a topical, environmentally meaningful and potential growth product to an already extensive range. Adding these electric car charge points to the range, and early involvement with installers such as Cale Briparc, will continue to be essential for successfully exploiting the potentially huge demand for EV charging points in UK car parks as well as other private and public locations.

Gary Wade concludes: ‘It’s our intention to build on our early sales successes with these electric car charging stations. We’re determined to keep ahead of the market. Rest assured that, as we’ve done before, we’ll continually develop flexible solutions to meet and exceed our customers’ needs. The future promises exciting times for our customers, electric vehicle users and the environment. IES intends to play a leading role in this future’.

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Operating under the trading name of Integrated Electrical Solutions (IES), Bristol, UK-based IES has in-depth experience of manufacturing and distributing power distribution products since 2004. The products distributed by IES include Socomec switchgear, GARO plugs and sockets, Argenta metal cabinets, as well as high-quality caravan and marina hook up units and GARO’s electric car charging stations.

As well as its power distribution interests, IES, which has been in business successfully since 1992, is a world leader in specialist engineering services for the semiconductor and other advanced technology industries. IES engineering related services include logistics, factory relocation, equipment modification, machine movement and installation, engineering programme management, case making, CE marking, engineering resource supply, freighting and customs clearance.

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