By: Tim Gauthier
Electric vehicles are traveling Oregon and Washington roads more than ever before; and the NECA/IBEW Local 48 Team is working hard to keep pace with this new technology and its growth.
First, NECA and IBEW are partners in the EVITP (Electrical Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program). The EVITP is a national training and certification program that provides the EV industry with the highest of verifiable knowledge in technical understanding to support the sound, safe and successful growth of the EV market.
The EVITP has been established to provide the electric vehicle transportation sector of the electrical industry and all stakeholders. A structured platform to facilitate training and certification for the installation of electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) across residential and commercial public markets, the program addresses the technical requirements, safety imperatives, and performance integrity of the industry partners and stakeholders.
• Automobile Manufacturers
• Investor-Owned and Municipal Utilities
• Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Manufacturers
• Electrical Energy Storage Device Manufacturers
• State and Local Electrical Inspectors
• Electrical Contractors
This training is available at the NECA/IBEW Training Center in Portland, Oregon, on a continuing basis.
In addition, National NECA has recently published the NEIS (NECA, 413-2012, Standard for Installing Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment) EVSE. It describes essential procedures for installing and maintaining AC Level 1, AC Level 2, and both AC/DC fast charging electrical vehicle supply equipment. The standard includes quality and performance aspects of these installations, including performing site assessment. Information related to design, coordinating individual unit installations and fleet/multiple-use installations is included, in addition to installers and inspection guidelines and check lists.
NEIS is the only ANSI-approved performance and workmanship industry standard for electrical construction. NEIS is used by construction owners, specifiers and contractors to clearly illustrate the performance and workmanship standards essential for different types of electrical construction. NEIS are also referenced through the National Electrical Code (NEC).
In order to properly and safely grow Oregon’s electric vehicle charging network, it is important for these installations to be under the watchful eye and in the hands of certified electrical contractors and electricians under the EVITP. Particular caution should also be taken for installations in residences. Again, NECA/IBEW contractors are the best practitioners for safe, technical and reliable installations. Please check our website for a listing of qualified NECA contractors at www.orecolneca.org.