As the stock of electric vehicles goes up with each passing year, the need for electric vehicle charging infrastructure grows along with it. At the same time, this increased demand has also opened the need for safety guidelines to ensure that this infrastructure is installed and operated safely.
Both EV manufacturers and consumers need to be aware of the electric vehicle charging safety guidelines that are currently in place. These guidelines help to lower the risk of fire and electric shock injury related to charging electric vehicles.
This blog post will discuss electric vehicle charging safety guidelines and answer some common questions about EV charging safety. We hope that by reading this post, you will better understand how to charge your electric vehicle safely and in line with regulations.
Electric Vehicle Charging Safety Guidelines
Are you looking to buy an electric vehicle? If so, here are important steps you’ll need to take to lower your risk of injury related to EV-charging.
Before Buying an EV
Before buying an EV, make sure you have a qualified electrician install the following:
- A new, dedicated circuit for your EV charger: your electrician will add a new circuit breaker to your home’s electrical panel. This electric vehicle charger should be the only thing plugged into this new circuit. If you are unable to have a new, dedicated circuit installed for your electric vehicle charger, you can still charge your EV, but it will take much longer. You will need to use a Level I charger, which only uses 120 volts.
- A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) device: this device is designed to protect you from electric shock. It monitors the flow of electricity, and if there is an imbalance, it will trip the circuit and shut off the power.
- Level II charging devices: this electric vehicle charger uses 240 volts and can charge your vehicle much faster than a Level I charger (which only uses 120 volts).
- Your electrician should also inspect your home’s electrical system to ensure that it can handle the new EV charger. They will need to know the following:
- The amperage rating of your electric vehicle charger: most electric vehicle chargers are between 16 and 40 amps.
- The voltage of your home’s electrical system: in the United States, most homes have a 120-volt electric system.
- The size of your home’s electrical panel: most electricians recommend a panel of at least 100 amps.
After Buying an EV
Now that you have your electric vehicle, it is important to maintain it properly to keep you and your family safe. Here are some tips on how to do so:
- Never charge your electric vehicle in wet or snowy conditions.
- Make sure you only use UL-listed EV chargers that have been tested and certified.
- Regularly inspect your electric vehicle charger for damage. If you notice any damage, do not use the charger; contact a qualified electrician to repair it.
- Never operate your electric vehicle charger without proper ventilation.
- Do not try to repair or modify your electric vehicle charger yourself. Always contact a qualified electrician to do so.
When Charging Your EV
Here are some things to keep in mind when charging your electric vehicle:
- Follow manufacturer’s guidelines: each electric vehicle is different, so it is important to read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to charge your specific model. Reach out to your local dealer if you need additional information.
- Purchase proven-tested chargers: make sure you purchase a charging device certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
- Use caution around electric vehicle chargers: electric vehicle chargers emit electromagnetic fields (EMFs), so it is important to be aware of your exposure when using one. If you are concerned about EMF exposure, keep a distance of at least three feet between you and the charger.
- Do not use extension cords: electric vehicle chargers should never be plugged into an extension cord. If you need a longer cord, purchase one that is specifically designed for electric vehicle chargers and is UL-listed.
- Keep electric vehicle chargers away from water: electric vehicle chargers and cords should never be near water or any other liquid. If they become wet, unplug them immediately and do not use them until a qualified electrician has inspected them.
- Install a residual current device (RCD): an RCD is a device that is designed to protect you from electric shock. It monitors the flow of electricity, and if there is an imbalance, it will trip the circuit and shut off the power.
- Inspect electric vehicle chargers regularly: even if your charger is UL-listed and certified, it is important to inspect it regularly for damage.
- Never leave your electric vehicle unattended while it is charging: if you need to leave, make sure you unplug the charger and store it in a safe and secure place.
- Follow manufacturer’s guidelines for maintenance: when maintaining the components of your charging station, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Keep away from children: place all charging device components out of reach of children or pets when not in use.
Create a Charging Safety Checklist with DATAMYTE
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By following these electric vehicle charging safety guidelines, you can help ensure that your electric vehicle is charged safely and in line with regulations. If you have any further questions about EV charging safety, we encourage you to contact a qualified electrician. They will be able to answer any questions you have and help to ensure that your electric vehicle is charged safely.