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18th Edition heralds electric car charging as ‘huge growth area’

Sep 2018 Electric Vehicles, Latest News | Comments Off on 18th Edition heralds electric car charging as ‘huge growth area’

Amid the UK government’s ambitious plans to raise uptake of electric vehicles, Bureau Veritas has stated that electric car charging infrastructure represents a “huge growth area” for the industry following the recent introduction of the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations.

According to latest figures, the UK needs at least 100,000 EV charging points by 2020 – a six-fold increase on the 16,500 currently available – to provide adequate infrastructure for the one million low-polluting vehicles expected to hit the roads over the same period.

And with a raft of companies, including budget supermarket giant Lidl and the UK electric charging firm Chargemaster, recently announcing plans to invest significant sums in building a network of charging points across the UK and Ireland, hotels, office car parks, retailers, business centres and universities are all set to be upgraded with the infrastructure necessary to achieve this.

As such, it means there has never been a more lucrative time to train in the installation of EV charging points, says Nathan Cliff, electrical principal engineer for electrical systems at global certification expert Bureau Veritas.

He comments: “For years we’ve heard that electric cars are the future. However, only recently have we seen the UK government, with its pledge last month to invest £1.5bn in ultra-low emission technology, and businesses make a concerted effort to create the infrastructure, such as charging points and battery storage to support this.

“It’s great to see that the BS 7671 – IET Wiring Regulations 18th Edition clearly reflects this – setting out the most robust guidelines to date on the practical installation of electric vehicle charging points. With an increasing number of hotels, offices, retailers and universities currently expanding their car parks to make room for this new infrastructure, it certainly represents a huge growth area for contractors and one they can take advantage of by getting up to speed on the new standard.”