Press release

Industry forges agreement on electric vehicle charging

06 March 2012

Public adoption of electric vehicles came one step closer today with the launch of the first ever industry-wide code of practice on charging equipment.

Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “This is an excellent example of industry and Government working together to develop safe and practical solutions for plug-in vehicle recharging. This Code of Practice represents a real step forward in easing the path for consumers to make the switch to ultra-low emission vehicles.”

Until today manufacturers and retailers had not agreed the guidelines that would normalise the installation of electric vehicle charging equipment across the UK.

This new publication, launched today at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders meeting on Electric Vehicles, ushers in commonality among all charging systems for electric vehicles in the UK.

“More than 1,000 electric cars were registered last year and we expect to see that figure rise this year as the number of models on the market grows and electric vans registrations increase on the back of the new government Plug-In Van Grant,” said Paul Everitt SMMT Chief Executive. “Electric vehicles can offer a practical and affordable ultra-low carbon driving option for many motorists and this new Code of Practice will ensure vehicle charging remains hassle-free and safe across the UK.”

Director of IET Standards Ltd, Carolyn White said: “As the demand for electric and hybrid vehicles is expected to increase rapidly from 2012 onwards, The Code of Practice for Electrical Vehicle Charging Equipment Installations represents the first time the industry has come together to agree comprehensive guidance in this area. This will ensure all charge points are installed correctly and are safe for use.

“The new Code of Practice is aimed at a very modern phenomenon in transportation, and highlights the electrical industry’s commitment to move with the times.”

The Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation is published by IET Standards Ltd and is available to buy now at www.ietstandards.com

Enquiries to:

Katie Stanton
Communications Executive

Tel: +44(0)1438 765608
Mob: +44(0)7738 713867
Email: kstanton@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

For more information please visit www.ietstandards.com

Participants in the IET Standards Ltd Technical Committee overseeing this publication are: BEAMA, Charging Point Manufacturers, DCLG, ECA, SELECT, ENA, ESC, ETI, Centrica, EDF, E.ON, RWE Npower, Scottish Power, Scottish and Southern Energy, IET, OLEV, Plugged-in Places scheme members, SMMT, HSE.

Interviews with Carolyn White can be arranged via the IET press office, details above.