EV Charging Safety Information
With more and more electric and hybrid vehicles taking over the market, you might be wondering what the “ins and outs” of this new technology look like. How will it affect the way you travel? How will it affect your vehicle maintenance? Is it complicated to use? Is it safe? Well, today we want to tackle all things safety to make sure you are cool and confident in your auto.
How to Charge Your EV Safely
EV charging is very safe. That being said, there are a few tips to ensure a safe and successful process.
- Follow the guidelines for charging your electric vehicle as specified in your owner's manual.
- If you decide to install an in-home charging station, make sure it is certified by a reputable independent testing laboratory (or purchased from the car manufacturer) and professionally installed.
- Check to see that the charging station you're using is in good repair. If you see any signs of wear, damage, or vandalism, then choose a different station.
- Make sure you choose a certified charging station. Look for the ETL or UL symbol.
EV Home Charging Safety
EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) is commonly known as a charging station. There have been important changes made to safety regulations when it comes to home charging stations. Among them is that electricians must get certified to install EV charging systems. This means that your technician will be properly educated in all things EV electricity. When shopping for EV charging installation in your area make sure they boast electricians that have the proper certifications.
Public EV Charging Station Safety
Charging your vehicle at public charging stations is very safe. To become independently safety tested and certified, the product must pass thousands of safety tests, and once certified they continue to be randomly tested four times a year by the National Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL). The NEC (National Electric Code) requires any charging station to be NRTL certified in order to be installed anywhere in the US. You will be able to decipher a certified charging station by the ETL or UL symbols located on the manufactured product’s rating plate. ETL (Intertek) and UL (Underwriter’s Laboratory) are the most common NRTLs in North America.
Need your EV maintained? As certified EV/hybrid experts, we know what to do! Count on the trained professionals at North Hills to provide the maintenance and repairs that will ensure maximum performance and fuel economy for these high-tech machines. Contact us today to schedule your maintenance plan with North Hills Automotive.
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