UK businesses expect to invest up to £16million in electric vehicle technology in 2021 alone. This means it’s important installers feel confident and fully prepared to implement the technology.
If you think it’s not something you necessarily need to plan for yet, you’ll certainly be interested to know that:
EV Charging falls into four main defined categories; Residential, Commercial, Destination and Rapid. To be able to correctly install EV chargers in any of these categories, electrical contractors must successfully complete an installer course that teaches them how to install electrical vehicle charging points in compliance with BS 7671, the Electrical Safety Quality and Continuity Regulations and the new IET Code of Practice. It is also important to get clear informed guidance on matching power requirements and accessories, to ensure the right product is used for the right job.
We’ve been really excited to see the surge in interest in all things EV and specifically with regards to installer upskilling. However, how can installers be confident that the time is right for further knowledge acquisition and more importantly, that it will benefit them in the longer term?
The wider market trends are extremely encouraging for installers and certainly indicate that EV technology is here to stay. Not only that, but the adoption and therefore the requirement for the technology appears to be accelerating. Some key drivers for that wider mindset change include:
As outlined, there are clear directives and market trends that indicate now is the time for installers to upskill and stay ahead of the curve. We fully understand that there are still EV misconceptions. Expert support and advice can help address those common concerns, including that the technology is difficult to install, and provide installers with confidence to move forward.
We have been an advocate of EV technology since its first rumblings in the 2000s. In more recent years, we’ve worked with installers and suppliers to support the EV infrastructure in the UK through charging point technology. With schemes like the Workplace Charging Scheme and £20million in local authority funding available for EV charging, the shift to EV is happening and fast.
Together, we are all working hard to support the nation’s charging network become bigger and better than ever to hit the 2030 deadline. The proven training provided by our suppliers supports those installers who are keen to upskill now and help fulfil the nation’s future EV charging requirement.
EV technology is easier for installers to access than ever before and our experts ensure that they can deliver the technology easily, correctly and so that it’s not too disruptive. The technology itself does not have to be difficult to fit, providing installers have the correct products for the job and have had the right training and support.
If you want to find out more about EV charging, feel free to send me a direct message or comment below. Rexel can offer direct access to high-quality training, facilitated by our suppliers, to help educate installers about the latest products, technology and applications.
With EV charging needed in the public, commercial and residential sectors, every installer whether large or small has a role to play in this market change.