‘New rules will kick cowboys out of the electric vehicle charger market’

Neil Hamilton (left) and Lee Bishton, Neil is the Foreman of the EV chargepoint team and Lee Bishton is the Technical Director of Retroflo.
Neil Hamilton (left) and Lee Bishton, Neil is the Foreman of the EV chargepoint team and Lee Bishton is the Technical Director of Retroflo.
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NEW regulations will kick the cowboys out of the electric vehicle charger market, says the boss of Wearside installer Retroflo.

The Government’s £13.5million Domestic Chargepoint Grant, which enabled home owners to have free charge points installed, is now closed but Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announced in July that the Office for Low Emission Vehicles would continue to support installation with a fresh £9million budget to run until March next year.

Under the new EV Homecharge Scheme, grants of up to £900, or 75 per cent of the installation costs, are available to homeowners who either own, lease or have a company an electric vehicle.

The new scheme means changes for installers, who must reapply to become an approved installer and require both OLEV and Approved Manufacturer’s approval.

The previous scheme required a less rigorous installer approval process, which meant that some organisations without the proper electrical experience were undertaking installations. Andy Laundon, operations director at Retroflo in South Hetton, said: “In the last 10 months, our dedicated EV team has installed over 400 domestic EV chargepoints across the North East.

“We will obviously see some drop off in the volume of inquiries due to the new guidelines for homeowners, but the more stringent regulations for companies installing the units are much needed. We’ve been contacted by a few customers unhappy with the standard of installation they received from other suppliers.

“Unfortunately, there were a handful of installers beginning to give the industry a bad name.

“We hope these new regulations will solve that problem.”

The new guidelines require installations to be carried out by Part P registered engineers and in accordance with the IET Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation.