Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL) has created a new electric vehicle consumer protection code which aims to ensure that EV charge point installers adhere to the best practice guidelines.
The code sets a particular standard in which consumers can expect when purchasing an Electric Vehicle EV charge point from a member of the code. Domestic Charge Point installation businesses, whether they are acting on their own or as a sub-contractor can voluntarily subscribe to the code. Once they are members, they can use the EVCC logo which shows consumers that they are reputable. The standards ensure that consumers can feel confident when making purchasing decisions, knowing their installer is complying fully with the code.
Virginia Graham OBE, chief executive of REA said “RECC has played a foundational role in enforcing high consumer protection standards in the small-scale renewable energy industry since 1006. We aim to extend the lessons learnt from that sector into the rapidly-growing world of EV home charge points.”
With the new code in force, the government intends to bring forward the date banning the sale of new internal combustion engine care and vans. This was initially planned for the year 2040, but could now be brought forward to 2035.
The Transport Minister Rachel Maclean states that “Having the right rules and regulations on charge point installation standards is important and we want to see the industry showing leadership in this area.” The consumer code will protect both the customers and the installers across the UK, and will eventually make its impact on the planet. Having these guidelines laid out will encourage more people to use such equipment. Rachel Maclean says “Zero-emission vehicles are cutting transport emissions and improving air quality, making our communities healthier, better places to live.”
Members Of The Code Must:
- Make sure that they have public liability insurance for themselves as well as any sub-contractors
- Declare that they will comply with the IET Code
- Ensure that they and all of their sub-contractors have the appropriate training and qualifications
- Be approved by a charge point manufacturer to install their products
- Ensure that they will only install chargers that are smart
- For those installations where the EV Homecharge Scheme Grant can be claimed, only install chargers with a manufacturer’s warranty for parts and labour of a minimum of 3 years
The code is available to all those businesses active in the EV charge point sector that have contact with consumers. Compliance with the code is monitored by the code administrator in line with membership terms.
A 50% discount on membership of the Electric Vehicle Consumer Code (EVCC) will be offered for the first year for installers who are already RECC members, with Joju Solar and Caplor Energy the first two EVCC members.
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