Bureau Veritas launches Electric Vehicle Charging Points Testing & Inspection service
Sep. 8 2020
Sales of Electric Vehicles (EVs) continue to grow in line with global sustainability targets and this has inevitably led to increased demand for EV charging points too.
There are now more than 31,000 EV connection points in the UK serving around 305,000 registered EV vehicles, which means there are more EV charging locations in the UK than there are petrol forecourts.
To help organisations maintain safety and meet their statutory obligations, Bureau Veritas has launched a dedicated new inspection and testing service for EV charging points.
Like any fixed electrical installation, Duty Holders are required under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR) to ensure the safety of EV charging points. This includes maintaining systems to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any danger to employees, visitors or other persons.
Offering a dedicated team of electrical experts, Bureau Veritas supports clients with trusted inspection and testing programmes to help ensure the electrical safety and compliance of EV charging points.
Michael Kenyon, Technical Lead (Electrical) at Bureau Veritas, said: “EV charging points are now a vital asset for many businesses including car park operators, service stations, forecourt operators, commercial landlords and many individual employers.
“The numbers are growing fast; in the six months leading up to March 2020 there were an average of 888 new EV connection points installed each month in the UK. And organisations must be aware that these assets require the same safety and compliance considerations as any other fixed electrical installation.
“Our expert electrical team has developed a dedicated periodic inspection and testing programme for EV charging points, covering all the essential checks that are required to maintain safety and compliance in line with relevant regulations.
“We also offer guidance on frequencies of formal periodic inspection and testing (recommended annually), as well as support and guidance on robust daily checks for users in between formal inspection. All from a specialist, technical team with unrivalled understanding of the latest regulations.”
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