The first ever cars were in fact electric. They looked very different back then and were far from the sleek machines that are starting to appear on our roads at present. With the electric car market set to explode over the next few years we thought we would take a look at what’s on the horizon and could end up driving down a road near you soon.
1. VW Budd-e
Probably the most hyped electric car is not a car at all. There is a lot of buzz around the VQ microbus known as the Budd-e. It has some pretty impressive lines and boasts a corner sofa in the back. However we will have to wait at least 3 years before we see one on the roads.
2. Porsche Mission E
What more can we say but look at this! It is a thing of beauty and it will be 100% electric. The only down side is we don’t expect this to go on general sale until 2020.
3. Audi R8 E-Tron
The Audi E-Tron lives up to its name with futuristic style and classic lines. However this is not a car of the future but a car of the past. Only 100 were ever made and it is making way for new models currently in production.
4. Faraday FFZERO1
When I look at this I see just 1 thing. The BATMOBILE! But having said that it does look incredible and is really pushing the boundaries of design. However these are not the only boundaries Faraday is pushing as they are a new company setting up from scratch. Again it is rumoured 2020 is the earliest we will see this car on the road.
5. Mercedes Benz FO15
This car really stands out for its simple but futuristic design. It is intended to be an autonomous self driving car and this results in a unique interior designed to provide an immersive digital experience. However we don’t anticipate this being available to buy anytime before 2020.
6. Jaguar I-Pace
You won’t have to wait too long for the I-Pace, its due to be released in the second half of 2018. If you do want to buy one it will cost around £10-15K more than the F-Pace.
7. Mercedes Generation EQ
Expected to hit the roads in 2018 or 2019 this electric SUV has some unique styling points and is rumoured to have a range of over 500Km. It will be a direct competitor to the I-Pave featured above.
8. Audi E-Tron Quattro
Expected in 2018 the E-Tron Quattro has the makings of a great car. It has three motors which will provide up to 500 bhp. It looks like an SUV but will only have 4 seats.
9. Citroen E-Mehari
Trust Citroen to come up with something completely different. The E-Mehari is an electric beach buggy set to be launched by the end 2017. It will have a interior which can be completely hosed down and believe it or not it is based on the Citroen 2CV. We all know how good they were to drive.
10. The E-Dub
During our research we stumbled across this. It's an original camper van that has been converted to run on electricity. It still uses much of the original camper mechanics including the clutch and gearbox. The interior has been altered too. The E-Dub can be hired for the weekend if you want to give a it a try.
We are happy to say that we now offer a range of tools that can be bought over the counter from our Gatwick and Warrington training centres. We are able to offer a range of testers, proving units and more at exceptionally low prices. In fact the prices are so good we can't publish them online. So we thought we would give you a sneak peak at whats on offer:
Kewtech KT63 Multifunction Tester
This test kit is great for electricians wanting to test and certify electrical installations in domestic and commercial settings. The tests include; Continuity, Insulation, Auto RCD and Non-Trip Loop Testing.
Kewtech KT65 Multifunction Tester
This test kit has additional features from the one above, specifically for inspection and testing including;
Phase rotation in line with new 17th edition requirements
Advanced memory with free software, eg you can save a continuity test as an R1, R2, RN, R2 or R1+R2 and on which circuit.
Powerful 17th Edition software available optionally from Castline Systems
Auto-test memory for RCD testing with all results shown on one screen, so no scrolling
This would be ideal for those working in the commercial sector.
Calcard - Check Card
Calcards are changing the way electricians work. A portable check card that fits in your wallet or in with your test kit is extremely handy. It means that you will always know if your readings are correct even if it's been a long time since you last had your meter calibrated.
Kewtech KT1720 Voltage Tester
This two pole Voltage Tester is able to detect AC/DC voltage steps of 12, 50, 120, 230 and 400. The dual lamp highlight the AC or DC voltage with an additional light for polarity.
Kewtech KT1780 Voltage Tester
If you are going to work in the industrial sector where voltage could rise above the 400v range you will need to invest in a 690v tester.
Kewcheck R2 Test Socket Adapter
This socket adaptor is useful for testing polarity and continuity at socket outlets, again without having to remove the socket faces to access the terminals.
Kewprove R3 Proving Device
A proving unit goes hand in hand with voltage testers to ensure they are properly functioning.
These tools are offered at a low price would be a great investment for those starting out in the electrical trade. The items will provide you with the right equipment to straight onto site whether it’s domestic or commercial.
Please remember to speak to a member of staff at the beginning of your course if you would like to order any tools.
Watch this space for new tools and tool kits coming soon.