Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has launched a new initiative to develop and launch electric vehicle installation training programs aimed at furthering the development and installation of electric vehicle charging equipment.

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.

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.