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Editor’s Note / Contents


EDITOR Deborah Eales Email: deales@datateam.co.uk Tel: 01354 461430


DIVISIONALMANAGER Mike Gammon Email: mgammon@datateam.co.uk Tel: 01622 699142


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NEWS


5 INDUSTRY NEWS Market and industry update


14 INSTALLATION NEWS Inspiring case studies and installation stories


19 WIRING REGULATIONS Official changes to BS 7671 for the 18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations


27 EW AWARDS 2018 It’s time to book your table for our glittering awards night!


28 EDA UPDATE & AWARDS Former Communard, Rev Richard Coles, applauds EDA Award winners


REGULARS


APRIL VOLUME 57 NUMBER 04 Electrical Wholesaler is


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proud to support the Electrical Industries Charity


12 COVER STORY 19 EIC UPDATE 20 INDUSTRY COMMENT 25 INDUSTRY COMMENT 45 COMPETITION 46 PRODUCT FINDER 49 RECRUITMENT 50 BUYERS GUIDE


FEATURES


22 LIGHTING Why it pays to choose your suppliers wisely


31 LIGHTING Smart lighting: the future is bright!


34 EV CHARGING How to expand your EV charging business


37 VENTILATION How ventilation system design can be made simple


41 CABLE MANAGEMENT A guide to fire performance characteristics in cable


42 CABLE MANAGEMENT All change for Marco under new ownership


April 2018 electrical wholesaler | 3


How green is the Government when it comes to EVs? T


he Chancellor’s Spring Statement was a golden opportunity to promote electric


vehicles, given the government’s mission to ban all new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. But it was a missed opportunity. If you read this month’s EV charging article (see page 34), it really rams home the potential for electrical wholesalers to get on board with the charging infrastructure. Local authorities, companies – large and


small, health authorities, service areas, retail car parks, educational establishments and organisations in all sectors will need to start thinking about how and where they are going to install EV chargers. The market for EV chargers is mind-


blowingly massive, especially factoring in the demand for car charging equipment in the home. “How can the government expect to ban all


petrol and diesel new vehicles by 2040 and not even mention electric vehicles in the budget?” asks Pierre Jeannes, VP of Operations for Mr Electric. Surprisingly, Jeannes says that the


Government department responsible for the environment has just two electric cars in its fleet of 4,000 vehicles – not such a great role model.


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“We were not expecting any major announcement relating to electric vehicles as the EV Policy is not part of the budget, though it would have been good to have a reference to the future of mobility or green technology and build on the commitment in the Autumn Budget to spend £400m on a new charging-infrastructure fund,” adds Jeannes. As ICEE Managed Services points out on page 34, the nation-wide infrastructure of battery re-charging points is lagging behind vehicle uptake. EV charging provision has to become as ubiquitous as petrol and diesel filling stations are today, it says. Every village, town and city, including


motorway service areas, must offer enough EV charging facilities to cope with demand. Last year, more than 38 million vehicles


were registered to drive on British roads. It makes you think, doesn’t it? Enjoy this month’s issue.


Deborah Eales Editor


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