Underwriters Laboratories Creates Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation Training Programs

By Underwriters Laboratories, PRNE
Monday, July 26, 2010

By partnering with equipment and infrastructure designers, manufacturers, installers and inspectors to promote consistent safety standards, UL is enabling faster market adoption of Electronic Vehicles

NORTHBROOK, Illinois, July 27, 2010 - Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a world leader in safety testing and
certification, announces a new initiative to develop and launch electric
vehicle installation training programs aimed at furthering the development
and installation of electric vehicle charging equipment.

With President Obama's call for at least 1 million electric vehicles in
the United States by 2015, several major automakers are poised to offer
various models of fully electric (as opposed to gas-electric hybrid) vehicles
to American consumers. To support the anticipated demand for electric
vehicles, the race is on to develop, manufacture and install a large enough
network of charging stations so that mass-market adoption of electric
vehicles can become a reality.

Offered through UL University, UL's new training programs will provide a
platform for various stakeholders who are involved in the design,
construction, installation and inspection of electric vehicle charging
equipment. A training module, as well as a hands-on testing component, will
allow participants to demonstrate their understanding of relevant National
Electric Code (NEC) articles, various installation requirements, UL electric
vehicle safety standards and emerging electric vehicle infrastructure
technology. UL is also developing programs for code officials and inspectors,
installers and designers.

"The industry is well aware that the availability of safely installed
charging stations poses a limiting factor in how quickly Americans adopt
electric vehicles," said Gary Savin, UL's Vice President and General Manager
for Electric Vehicle and Global Power and Control Business Unit. "We believe
that the creation of these training programs can speed up the development,
installation and inspection of the electric vehicle charging equipment
process within the United States. And we plan on developing similar programs
for other countries around the world."

UL anticipates that the training programs will be launched in the early
fall of 2010, in time for the introduction of the plug-in and battery
electric vehicle. In addition to the general training program for installers,
UL will also be creating company-specific training programs which will allow
for infrastructure equipment manufacturers to have installers trained on
their equipment.

In addition, UL is developing a webinar on UL's electric vehicle safety
standards. This webinar will focus on the relevant electric vehicle standards
for off-board equipment as well as offer a brief overview of the relevant
international standards. UL anticipates that the electric vehicle UL
standards webinar will be held in the early fall of 2010. For additional
information, and to be notified when the webinar is scheduled, please visit

About Underwriters Laboratories

UL is an independent product safety certification organization that has
been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for more than a
century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components,
materials and systems from more than 66,000 manufacturers each year. In
total, there are more than 20 billion UL Marks appearing on products
worldwide. UL's global family of companies and network of service providers
includes 68 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving
customers in 102 countries. For more information on UL's electric vehicle
activities, please visit www.ul.com/electricvehicle.

Brooke Albert of GolinHarris for UL, +1-312-729-4316, balbert at golinharris.com; or Yassie Dunn of Underwriters Laboratories, +1-847-664-3056, Yassie.Dunn at us.ul.com

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