Electrical Safety When Charging Electric Vehicles
Although electric vehicles are inherently safe, there are risks, particularly when you are charging your vehicle. Shocking figures from a recent survey show how drivers are putting themselves at risk. Here is how to stay safe while charging your electric vehicle.
Ensure You Have a Safe Home Charge Point
By its very nature, you will often need to charge your vehicle in less than optimal conditions, for this reason it is important to ensure that you use weatherproof cables and connectors for EV charging.
Electrical Safety First surveyed over 1,500 electric vehicle drivers to understand how they charge their vehicles and it was found that over 74% of them use domestic, multi-socket extension leads, nine out of ten of these did not realise the risks of using these cables outside, over half admitted they had left ‘indoors only’ cabling live in the rain!
Water and electricity don’t mix! At best, you run the risk of blowing a fuse in your home electrical system, at worst you could seriously damage your car, cause injury or even death by electrocution.
Electric vehicles have specific charge cables designed to be used safely in all weathers and will allow you to both safely charge your vehicle as well as monitoring the most economical use of the supply so that your vehicle is automatically charged using the cheapest electricity tariffs.
EVCPQ can provide you with a free quote for a safe home charge point, and with the Government Home Charge grant you can now have this installed at a fraction of the usual cost with up to £500 discount.
The EVCPQ engineers will ensure your home electrical installation is safe to take the additional load required for electric vehicle charging, preventing the risk of fires or main fuse rupture. They will install a secure and weatherproof charge point in a location which will best allow you to charge safely and effectively.
Why not contact EVCPQ for a free, no obligation, installation quote.
Ensure Your Charge Cables Are Safe
If you have been driving your electric vehicle for sometime, or are buying a secondhand vehicle it’s important to ensure that the charge cable is still safe and undamaged.
Charge cables get considerable abuse, plugged and unplugged, dragged along the floor and left in all weathers. Therefore, each time you prepare to charge you should ensure you take a second for some simple cable checks:
Charge Cable Safety Checks
- Check the length of the cable for scuffs, fraying or damage – a damaged cable could pose an electric shock risk and should be discarded.
- Check the connectors for damage:
- Is there any scorching or signs of overheating?
- Are the pins clear and free of grit or items blocking the socket or plug way
- Where applicable, is the safety catch in working order
- Check for a firm connection when inserting the plug and socket – there should be minimal play in the connection and the plug and socket should connect firmly
- Is there any sound? – crackling or arcing sounds could indicate a fault
If there are any issues you should not use the cable, instead you should find a replacement.
As charge cables get near daily use, they have a finite lifespan. You should ensure any charge points and cables are professionally tested annually and portable and tethered cables should be replaced every five years for safety.
Cables and accessories can be purchased from our partners Brite Accessories.