OLEV highlights substandard installations
The Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) recently issued a letter to all installers of EV chargepoints registered under the Electric Vehicle Charge Point scheme, highlighting the fact that a recent audit of installations performed under the scheme revealed a number of incidences of sub-standard installations.
While the majority of these were minor, with 0.8 per cent deemed as dangerous, 19.6 per cent were deemed as potentially dangerous and 25.6 per cent of installations were classed as ‘improvement recommended.’
ECA’s energy solutions advisor Luke Osborne said, “There is some potential for discrepancy with how these audits were carried out, for example assessors noting that the use of NYY and HO7 cables were non-compliant, which isn’t the case. This is likely to have been a lack of understanding of the assessors on the particularities of EV chargepoint installations.
“There were however some examples of very poor installations and existing service head issues which should have been spotted and notified to the DNO for rectification before an installation had even taken place.
“Sub-standard installations are not only potentially dangerous, but lead to the industry gaining bad press. It is essential for installers to build upon their skills and expertise through industry specific training- such as EVCP courses.”
ECA Member and EVCP installer Darren Crannis said: “I recommend the Level 3 City & Guilds 2919, which is a 2-day in-depth course on the design and installation of EVCE. There is access to funding via European Social Fund from training providers and if you are a JIB company this course is eligible for JIB skills funding, both reduces the total cost of the course significantly.”