We are now ISO 9001:2015 Accredited!

We are delighted to announce that we are now officially ISO 9001 accredited. Our Quality Management System (QMS) has been confirmed as meeting the standards of the latest 2015 revision. Gaining accreditation of this internationally recognised standard demonstrates our commitment to providing a consistently high quality of service to our customers alongside ongoing investment in development, technology, processes and procedures.

ISO 9001:2015 standard is underpinned by risk based thinking and requires active engagement of employees at all levels of the business. The benefits of an established Quality Management System reach far beyond customer satisfaction and assurance, the accreditation enhances the professionalism of the business’ operations and creates a culture of exceeding expectations.

We will be continually improving the system to ensure that all processes, plans and training are always to the highest standard. This demonstrates our commitment in meeting customer requirements and providing excellent customer service for all our products and services.

FalconCloud v2.3 Updates

The following updates have been scheduled for deployment to FalconCloud (https://falconcloud.co.uk) on Thursday 21st January 2021.

New Features

  • Updated Charging Point API to support third party apps
  • Updated Vehicles API to support third party apps
  • Public Charge Point Management Features

Bug Fixes

  • Various bug fixes and performance updates

No action is needed by any FalconCloud users in relation to the scheduled updates.

January 2021 Corona Virus Statement

With the Governments announcement of another National lock down, we deemed it appropriate to make a statement regarding the stance that we are having to take to keep our staff and customers safe. For the time being all collection options have been postponed as we take steps to safeguard employee’s well being by limiting external contact.

Therefore the following actions will be in affect from the 5th January until further notice

  • Customer visits to be re-organised for a later date
  • Removal of collection options for orders
  • Any sub contracted non emergency work to be rescheduled
  • Customers with collection only orders will be contacted and delivery arranged FOC

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, please contact your account manager if you need any assistance.

FalconCloud v2.2 Updates

We are pleased to announce the following updates are now live on FalconCloud (https://falconcloud.co.uk)

New Features

  • Smart Charging – Automatically charge your vehicle during your energy supplier’s off-peak period
  • Smart Charging History – View Carbon impact and session history
  • Self Service User Registration
  • Self Service ChargePoint Activation

Bug Fix’s

  • Fix Charging History Sorting Order
  • Various Performance and Bug Fix’s
  • Minor API changes to support new iOS App

Falcon Cloud v2.0 Updates

We are pleased to announce the following updates are now live on FalconCloud (https://falconcloud.co.uk)

New Features

  • LED Light Control – Electron v1 charge points will receive an update to enable in the next 14 days
  • Automatic Charging (Beta)
  • Scheduled Charging (Beta)
  • Public Charge Point support
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Infrastructure updates to support Smart Charging based on National Grid predicted demand

Bug Fix’s

  • Correction to dashboard Colours
  • Updated dashboard details for Approved Installers

Corona Virus Customer Statement

Due to the rising concerns surrounding the Corona Virus outbreak, we deemed it appropriate to make a statement regarding the stance that we are having to take to keep our staff and customers safe. We are urging customers to place any urgent orders ASAP to avoid further delays as supply chain issues are becoming more apparent, in some cases delays of 4+ weeks can be expected.

For the time being all collection options have been postponed both in-house and through our website as we take steps to safeguard employee’s well being by limiting external contact.

All products currently in stock will not be effected by delays, however longevity of stock cannot be guaranteed as we are already seeing higher demand for certain product lines.

Current delays we are aware of

  • Shipments to Italy have been delayed for the foreseeable future
  • Chance of major delays to all other European countries
  • Customer visits to be re-organised for a later date
  • Removal of collection options for orders

We recommend getting in touch with your Account Manager to see if you will be affected and apologies for any inconvenience it may cause.

Update on plug-in vehicle grants following the budget

Yesterday’s (11 March 2020) budget has announced that that government is providing £532 million for consumer incentives for ultra-low emission vehicles. As part of that:

  • The government will provide £403 million for the plug-in car grant (PICG), extending it to 2022-23
  • Recognising that the market for other ultra-low emission vehicles is still at an early stage of development, the government will also provide £129.5 million to extend the plug-in grants for vans, taxis and motorcycles to 2022-23

Plug in car grant

Starting Thursday 12 March (2020), those making the switch to electric cars will be eligible for a grant of up to £3,000. As the uptake of zero-emission cars increases, a small reduction to the grant, as well as excluding cars costing £50,000 or more will allow more drivers to benefit from making the switch for longer. These changes will come into effect on orders placed on the portal after 11:59pm on 11 March and the government will continue to keep the rate of the grant under review.

Plug in van, taxi and motorcycle grants

Alongside this, the government will also continue to provide grants to support the purchase of zero emission vans, taxis and motorbikes at the same rate as before. The rates of all of the plug-in vehicle grants are subject to review over time, depending on how the market develops.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plug-in-vehicle-grants-update-following-todays-budget

EV Industry Breaking News

Electric car charge points to be installed on every new home

All new homes in England will have to be fitted with charge points for electric vehicles, as the government seeks to facilitate the infrastructure improvements necessary for the planned mass-adoption of electric vehicles.

The news comes as Department for Transport has announced a public consultation on the subject. If the planned changes to building regulations go through, it would force homebuilders to install charge points so potential owners could easily charge their plug-in hybrids and electric cars at home. The move would mean buyers of new-build homes would not need to make use of the Government’s home charger subsidy scheme, which has seen almost 100,000 wallboxes installed.

“England will be the first country in the world to introduce mandatory electric car charging points for every new-build home. All new homes in England will have to be fitted with charge points for electric vehicles…”
– AutoExpress Magazine, July 2019

Theresa May’s Speech to Business Leaders

Theresa May’s Speech to Business Leaders…

“We are going to build a high speed electric vehicle charging infrastructure nationally. I have asked the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to lead a review on how we do this – reporting back in the Autumn.
“Because electric vehicles are critical to meeting the net zero target – and in turn have the potential to create thousands of new jobs right across the country.”

Company car drivers choosing a pure EV will pay no Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) tax in 2020/21

Company car drivers choosing a pure EV will pay no Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) tax in 2020/21. Increases will later take place – to just 1% in 2021/22 and 2% in 2022/23.

HM Treasury says that for cars first registered from April 6, 2020, most company car tax rates will be reduced by two percentage points. That means for a pure electric vehicle with zero tailpipe emissions, company car drivers will be taxed at 0%, paying no BIK tax at all. Furthermore, the zero percentage rate is also extended to company car drivers in pure electric vehicles registered prior to April 6, 2020, who were already looking forward to a much reduced rate of 2% for 2020/21.

The 0% rate will also apply to company cars registered from April 6, 2020, with emissions from 1-50g/km and a pure electric mile range of 130 miles or more. Both will then increase to 1% in 2021/22 and 2% in 2022/23. Pure electric company cars registered before April 6, 2020, will also increase to 1% and 2% in subsequent years, 2021/22 and 2022/23.

However, company cars registered before April 6, 2020, with emissions from 1-50g/km and a pure electric mile range of 130 miles or more attract a 2% BIK rate in 2020/21 and stay the same for the two subsequent tax years. From 2023/24, fleets will have one BIK tax table again as the rates are realigned.

The Government says that “by providing clarity of future the appropriate percentages, businesses will have the ability to make more informed decisions about how they make the transition to zero emission fleets”. It added: “Appropriate percentages beyond 2022-23 remain under review and will be announced at future fiscal events.

“The Government aims to announce appropriate percentages at least two years ahead of implementation to provide certainty for employers, employees and fleet operators.”

Bloomberg predicts EV’s will reach price parity with ICE vehicles within 5 years

Bloomberg predicts EV’s will reach price parity with ICE vehicles within 5 years. Electric cars may be cheaper than their petroleum counterparts by 2025 if the cost of lithium-ion batteries continues to fall.

Some models will cost the same as combustion engines as soon as 2024 and become cheaper the following year, according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. For that to happen, battery pack prices need to fall even as demand for the metals that go into the units continues to rise, the London-based researcher said on Thursday.

Specialist Coatings oven build complete

Our Specialist Coatings division utilise Electric ovens for the curing of powder coating (PPC). To increase the size of items that can be finished and amount we can process in each batch a larger oven was required. Rather then go with the typical gas powdered pass through ovens used in the industry we have just completed the design, build and commissioning of our purpose built oven. The oven includes an over head rail system for easy loading and unloading of parts that goes straight through the oven with loading and unloading available from both ends. The oven has clear entry of 3.6m x 2.5m x 2.6m with the longest possible length we can fit corner to corner of 4.4m.

The plant consumes 60amps during heat up and gets up to 200 degrees Celsius in 10 minutes. Improving our batch processing times and more importantly doing so while maintaining the high surface finish we are known for.

Falcon Electric Powder Coating Oven

For a quote or help with your powder coating needs please email specialist.coatings@falconelectric.co.uk for a response within an hour.

Electron EVW and EVP Charging Range receives OLEV Approval

We are proud to announce that our Electron EVW and EVP charging points have been approved by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) for the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) and Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS). The following models have been approved and are compliant with the new OLEV smart requirements from the 1st July 2019.

  • FEL-EVWS-36-T2 – Electron EVW 3.6kW 16A IEC62196 Socket
  • FEL-EVWT-36-T2 – Electron EVW 3.6kW 16A IEC62196 Tethered Lead
  • FEL-EVWT-36-T1 – Electron EVW 3.6kW 16A J1772 Tethered Lead
  • FEL-EVWS-72-T2 – Electron EVW 7.2kW 32A IEC62196 Socket
  • FEL-EVWT-72-T2 – Electron EVW 7.2kW 32A IEC62196 Tethered Lead
  • FEL-EVWT-72-T1 – Electron EVW 7.2kW 32A J1772 Tethered Lead
  • FEL-EVWS-11-T2 – Electron EVW 11kW 16A IEC62196 Socket
  • FEL-EVWT-11-T2 – Electron EVW 11kW 16A IEC62196 Tethered Lead
  • FEL-EVWT-11-T1 – Electron EVW 11kW 16A J1772 Tethered Lead
  • FEL-EVPS-11-T2 – Electron EVP 11kW 16A IEC62196 Socket (approved for WCS only)
  • FEL-EVPT-11-T2 – Electron EVP 11kW 16A IEC62196 Tethered Lead (approved for WCS only)
  • FEL-EVPT-11-T1 – Electron EVP 11kW 16A J1772 Tethered Lead (approved for WCS only)
  • FEL-EVPS-22-T2 – Electron EVP 22kW 32A IEC62196 Socket (approved for WCS only)
  • FEL-EVPT-22-T2 – Electron EVP 22kW 32A IEC62196 Tethered Lead (approved for WCS only)
  • FEL-EVPT-22-T1 – Electron EVP 22kW 32A J1772 Tethered Lead (approved for WCS only)