The IET and BSI have today released Amendment 1 to BS 7671:2018 (18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations), which enables a more practical solution for electric vehicle charging installations.
The amendment will help support the roll-out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the country.
Containing the updated Section 722 (Electric Vehicle Charging Installations), Amendment 1 comes into effect immediately, instead of after the usual six month delay, and will form part of a consolidated version of BS 7671 following the next major amendment, expected in 2022.
Dan Palmer, associate director of committees at BSI said, “BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations (the IET Wiring Regulations) has been updated in Section 722 to make the installation of electric charging points quicker, easier and less costly. It will help to make electric charging common-sight on UK streets and fuel the growth of the electric car usage. The UK is leading the electric revolution with ambitious plans to deliver cleaner air and a better environment by committing to 50% of new car sales to be ultra-low emission by 2030. The built environment and electrical infrastructure is the first step on the journey to making these green plans possible.”
Mark Coles, head of technical regulations at the IET, is proud of the way that the technical committees have been able to respond to the changes in technology. He explained: “Technical committees have been able to address a new opportunity for electric vehicle charging installations that provides a practical solution benefiting industry, consumers and government alike, to help the UK lead the way in the roll-out of infrastructure to support the electric vehicle revolution.
“This update to the IET Wiring Regulations puts the electrical industry at the forefront of driving technological innovation to ensure the installation of practical, safe charging points that are accessible to all.
“By producing Amendment 1 to BS 7671:2018 as a stand-alone, free-to-view document, this updated Section 722 will reach industry much quicker than a full, consolidated amendment would allow, enabling installers to take advantage of BS 7671:2018+A1:2020 as soon as possible.”
Amendment 1 is available as a free-to-view PDF at theiet.org/updates,