NECA 413-2012, “Standard for Installing and Maintaining Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) (ANSI)” is now available from the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). The standard pulls together information from electric vehicle supply equipment (ESVE) manufacturers and automakers and incorporates findings from the National Electric Code (NEC) about this new technology shaping the modern transportation.

“When automakers introduced the first mass-market electric vehicles a few years ago, they realized that ‘fueling’ them was going to be a new experience for their owners,” said Rob Colgan, NECA executive director, market development. “NECA reached out to automakers and EVSE manufacturers to develop a standard to support electric vehicle charging stations. Our aim was to make electric vehicles fully accessible and safe for their owners.”

NECA 413 is the result of this extensive collaboration. In addition to developing the National Electrical Installation Standard (NEIS) for EVSE, Colgan and Michael Johnston, NECA executive director, standards and safety, have worked with leading electrical instructors to incorporate EVSE training and certification into their installer curriculum.

This quality and performance standard complements the NEC rules with essential information about safe installation of EVSE in residences and public facilities. This standard covers installing and maintaining the products for AC Level 1, AC Level 2 and fast charging DC EVSE charging stations, as well as information about EV battery systems. It also includes valuable guidelines for installers and inspectors.

“We wanted to help facilitate EV technology, while protecting the investment EV owners have made,” Johnston said. “Early adopters should be completely secure that their electric vehicles are going to perform as expected, and this standard brings together the technology and installation instruction to ensure they get the full benefit of their investment. EVSE installations should only be done by installers who have received appropriate training and know what codes and standards to follow.”