BSI, the business standards and improvement company, has received accreditation from UKAS for their Electric Vehicle (EV) charger testing and certification labs, as the UK looks to establish a more competitive and trusted EV charging network.
With more than one million plug-in vehicles registered in the UK and a 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, there is a critical need for convenient and effective charging networks delivered in a safe and reliable way.
However, findings from a recent Which? survey revealed significant flaws with the current infrastructure leaving three-quarters of EV owners in the UK feeling dissatisfied. Smilar findings from the BBC found that one in four EV public charging points in Scotland were faulty – with issues ranging from broken plugs and screens to offline systems.
“Being the first to achieve UKAS accreditation demonstrates BSI’s leading role in shaping the future of EV charger testing and certification. Our collaborative approach to standard development provides much needed reassurance to current and future electric vehicle owners of the safety, performance and quality of chargers that are certified by BSI,” said Graham McKay, global head of energy products at BSI
BSI has a number of offerings in the EV charger space including product safety and performance testing, IECEE CB Certificates for those looking to export, a new specification on accessible public charge points and a Kitemark for Electric Vehicle Charging.
“As the only UKAS accredited lab for EV charger testing, as well as being a CB test lab for EV chargers under the global IECEE scheme, we are in a unique position to accelerate the development of trusted and reliable EV charging technology in the UK and overseas, encouraging a greater uptake of electric vehicles and helping drive the transition to a net-zero economy,” added Mckay.