New guide for electricians looking to enter EV market


UK Power Networks and the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) have released a guide to the connections process for installers who want to move into the EV market.

The network operator says only a small proportion of electricians in its patch, across London, the South East and East of England, are currently trained to install chargers for customers.

Figures show about 4,500 registered installers operate in the area, with 2.7 million EVs forecasted by 2028.

The new guide provides quick access to a range of useful information, including installation processes, technical considerations, earthing arrangements, and inspection requirements.

It also takes installers through the nine different type of electricity supplies that can be used for EV charge points on UK Power Networks’ network, including help on how to install vehicle to grid (V2G) chargers, which release car battery energy into the local grid.

The document also features details on regulations, permissions, and safety rules helping installers stay safe and compliant at work.

Luke Osbourne, ECA’s Energy & Emerging Technologies Solutions Adviser said, “With the rapidly rising demand for EV charging points, it is vital we don’t take short cuts to ensure safe installation.

“This guide will help professional electricians pivot their business to new opportunities and play their part in the drive to Net Zero.”

Ian Cameron, Head of Customer Services and Innovation at UK Power Networks added, “Millions of electric cars will be connecting to our networks in the next decade.

“To reach Net Zero emissions by 2050, we’re going to keep working with industry bodies like the ECA and the thousands of installers in our areas to keep making Net Zero a reality.”

The guide can be downloaded here.


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