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I have recently been awarded a City & Guilds on the risk assessment, design, Installation and commissioning of Electric Vehicle Charging Points, (C&G 2919-601). You can find all my qualifications of my LinkedIn page.

Did you know that there is a grant available for installing a home charging point for an electric car, up to £500, and there’s also a grant of up to £4500 for buying certain electric cars. Take a look at the Governments OLEV web-site.

As far as installation is concerned, despite what you might read about “quick Installation” there is a Risk Assessment procedure to go through with you the customer. I wouldn’t expect any electrician to understand the implications of this process (detailed in the Code of Practice we have to follow) unless they have been on the appropriate specialist course and been awarded the C&G 2919-601 that I have got.

Take a look at some examples of the Risk Assessment statements you as customer would be asked to sign and accept & understand: -

“THE CUSTOMER HAS BEEN INFORMED IN WRITTING THAT THE CHARGING EQUIPMENT WILL BECOME UNSAFE TO ENERGISE AND /OR USE IF THE PRECAUTIONS LISTED ABOVE ARE REMOVED OR OTHERWISE BECOME INEFFECTIVE”.

“THIS RISK ASSESSMENT SHOWS THAT IT IS NOT CONSIDERED SAFE TO PROVIDE A TT EARTHED OUTDOOR VEHICLE CHARGING POINT AT THE CHOSEN LOCATION AND/OR TO CHARGE A TT EARTHED ELECTRIC VEHICLE AT THE CHOSEN LOCATION. THIS HAS BEEN MADE KNOWN TO THE CUSTOMER IN WRITING”.

Its not really possible to explain fully here why these statements might become relevant to a customers installation, but its all to do with differences in earthing and earthing problems that these situations / statements arise.

Contact me for a professional survey and Risk Assessment, design and installation.