The Code has been developed by Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the REA, the largest association for renewable energy and associated clean technology in the UK. REAL operates a number of certification schemes and consumer codes, including the Renewable Energy Consumer Code, all of which promote sustainable energy in the renewable energy and circular economy sectors.
The Code is open to businesses active in the EV chargepoint sector who are offering to install chargepoints at private domestic premises. As well as requiring compliance with all relevant legal provisions, the Code has been designed to dovetail with the Institute of Engineering and Technology’s Code of Practice for Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation, the Building Regulations including the Wiring Regulations, and the current Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme administered by OLEV.
We recognise how important it is for home chargepoints to be specified, installed and maintained correctly. This is not only for the benefit of individual consumers, but also for the development of the EV sector at large; bad experiences will damage the reputation and credibility of the sector, and could limit the future uptake of EVs in the UK.
REAL has developed the Code to help manufacturers, suppliers and installers offer high standards to consumers, and to empower consumers by giving them the knowledge and confidence to opt for and invest in private charging.