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UK’s first EV Consumer Code to drive best practice in home EV chargers

Drivers having an EV charge point installed at home can now use a new code of practice to help find reputable suppliers.

The new code is intended to help drivers find reputable installers for domestic charge points

Launched as the Government consults on bringing forwards the date for ending sales of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars to 2035, or even 2032, the new Electric Vehicle Consumer Code (EVCC) runs on a voluntary basis and aims to reduce mis-selling and drive up installation quality on domestic charge points.

The code draws on experience and expertise from the Renewable Energy Consumer Code for small-scale renewable technologies, with the latter helping to ensure best practice on home energy generating systems such as solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage.

As well as signalling reputable suppliers, EVCC code membership also offers a model quotation, contract and warranty as well as access to alternative dispute resolution services if things should go wrong.

Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said: “Having the right rules and regulations on charge point installation standards is important and we want to see industry showing leadership in this area.

“We welcome the Electric Vehicle Consumer Code, which aims to protect both people and installers of electric charge points in homes across the UK.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.