The US Department of Energy (DOE) launched two online tools
designed to help communities better prepare for widespread
adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs).
The DOE said it developed a template to help local
governments design permits for residential EV charger
installations and accelerate the approval process.
The DOE also released a training video to provide inspectors
and electricians with a guide to facilitate inspections and
installations of home EV chargers.
These tools will encourage cities to develop standardized
permitting and inspection procedures and help local officials
streamline their processes, the agency said.
They also aim to create more favorable conditions for EV
businesses, including infrastructure providers and installers,
to thrive as more plug-in electric vehicles come to the
This effort will not only speed the adoption of EVs that
reduce US reliance on foreign oil, but it will also make it
easier for EV drivers to save energy and money by charging at
home, the agency said.
Currently, many cities lack a standardized permitting
process specific to EV charger installations. However, DOE said
the new permitting template can be adapted by local governments
to develop their own residential charging station permits.
Creating a set of standard permit guidelines specific to
residential charging helps inspectors and installers by
simplifying the process and helping them know what to
Clarifying and streamlining the permitting process should
also make it faster and simpler for EV owners to work with
certified electricians to install their home chargers without
The template includes consistent, specific requirements
based on the National Electric Code (NEC) Article 625, which
addresses voltages, wiring methods, markings, and means of
disconnecting. The template also contains diagrams illustrating
typical EV charging configurations.
The second tool DOE released is a new video titled "Electric
Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Residential Home Charging
Installation," a half-hour overview of the EV charger
installation process geared toward electrical contractors and
The video addresses the safety, technical, and consumer
issues that contractors and inspectors should understand before
installing home chargers.
The video also provides an introduction to various types of
EV charging equipment, with experts demonstrating their
Coupled with the new permit template, the video provides an
excellent introduction to home EV chargers and the requirements
for installing them, the agency said.
The video is available on Clean Cities TV, a
hub for DOE's alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology videos.