The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is calling on the electrical industry to have its say and influence the content of Section 722 – Electrical Vehicle Charging Installations – as part of Amendment 1 of the IET Wiring Regulations, following release of the Draft for Public Comment (DPC) for BS 7671:2018+A1:2020.
The amendment follows advances in technology enabling a more practical solution for Electric Vehicle Charging Installations. The amendment, which is due to publish in early 2020, will be free to view on the IET and BSI websites and will form part of a consolidated version of BS 7671 following the next major amendment, expected in 2022.
The DPC is available on BSI’s website and industry is invited to view the draft and submit comments by the deadline of 30 November 2019.
Dan Palmer, Associate Director of Committees at BSI said: “The UK is leading the electric revolution with ambitious plans to deliver cleaner air and a better environment by committing to 50 per cent of new car sales to be ultra-low emission by 2030. The built environment and electrical infrastructure is the first step on the journey to making these green plans possible. BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations (the IET Wiring Regulations) has been updated in Section 722 to make the installation of electric charging points quicker, easier and less costly. It will help to make electric charging common-sight on UK streets and fuel the growth of the electric car usage.”
Mark Coles, Head of Technical Regulations at the IET, is proud of the way that the technical committees have been able to respond to the changes in technology. He explains: “Technical committees have been able to address a new opportunity for electric vehicle charging installations that provides a practical solution benefiting industry, consumers and government alike, to help the UK lead the way in the roll-out of infrastructure to support the electric vehicle revolution.
“This update to the IET Wiring Regulations puts the electrical industry at the forefront of driving technological innovation to ensure the installation of practical, safe charging points that are accessible to all.
“By producing Amendment 1 to BS 7671:2018 as a stand-alone, free-to-view document, this updated Section 722 will reach industry much quicker than a full, consolidated amendment would allow, enabling installers to take advantage of BS 7671:2018+A1:2020 as soon as possible.”
More information can be found at theiet.org/updates.
Notes to editors:
1 October 2019: The Draft for Public Comment for Amendment 1 will be available for 60 days to allow industry to respond to the proposed changes (see theiet.org/updates for details)
January 2020: Amendment 1 will publish as a free-to-view document on the IET website and come immediately into effect, eschewing the usual 6-month adjustment period to ensure industry can immediately take advantage of the changes
February 2020: The IET will publish the 4th Edition of the Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation, incorporating new guidance based on Amendment 1 to BS 7671:2018
Keep an eye on theiet.org/updates to for information on the Draft for Public Comment and publication information.
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