Bureau Veritas has unveiled a new testing and inspection service for electric vehicle (EV) charging points – as latest figures show almost 10,000 new connections have been installed across the UK in the past year alone.
Recent statistics from Zap-Map show there are now more than 33,000 charging points for electrical vehicles in the UK. This has risen by 8,841 (39%) in the last 12 months.
This number is expected to soar in the coming years, with the UK government to invest a further £500m in the rollout of new rapid electric charging hubs. The aim is to ensure drivers are never more than 30 miles from being able to charge their car.
Bureau Veritas has now launched a new inspection offering for EV charging points. This will help duty holders ensure all installations are compliant with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the BS7671- Requirements for Electrical Installations (IET Wiring Regulations).
Michael Kenyon, Technical Lead at Bureau Veritas: “The UK is in the midst of a real step-change in motoring as more and more of us make the switch to electric vehicles. Inevitably, this needs to be supported with a world-class charging infrastructure.
“Although we’re seeing a record number of EV charging points springing up, the onus is on duty holders to ensure they take a ‘quality first’ approach to installation, prioritising electrical safety for users and the general public through regular inspection and maintenance.
“Recognising that this may be a new area for many businesses, we’ve launched our new testing and inspection service designed to provide an independent assessment of all new installations and identify any issues that may present an electrical safety risk. We’d urge all our new and existing customers to make use of this fantastic new offering.”
What does the course cover?
The testing and inspection programme includes earth continuity and insulation resistance testing, polarity confirmation as well as checks on residual current devices and earth loop impedance. Bureau Veritas recently helped a global technology leader with office locations worldwide to introduce an inspections and maintenance programme for the EV charging points at its sites.
Michael added: “Duty holders should take into consideration that EV charging points are a high-use asset, often installed outside and therefore vulnerable to mechanical damage. Hence, periodic inspection and at least annual testing as part of the business’s Health and Safety Risk Management obligations are critical to maintaining the long-term integrity of this vital charging infrastructure.”
Bureau Veritas offers a range of testing and certification services to support customers in managing compliance around electrical safety – from electric vehicle charging points and battery storage systems through to other Fixed Electrical Installations (FET) and Hazardous area Inspections (ATEX).
For further information on Bureau Veritas’ new testing and inspection service for EV charging points, call 0345 600 1828 or visit their website.