Northbrook, Illinois – Safety testing and certification company Underwriters Laboratories (UL) will develop and launch electric vehicle (EV) training programs for the development and installation of charging equipment.

With several major automakers poised to offer various fully-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, the 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 and hands-on testing component will allow participants to demonstrate their understanding of relevant National Electric Code 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 expects the programs to be launched in early fall 2010, in time for the introduction of plug-in and electric vehicles. UL will also create company-specific training programs which will allow infrastructure equipment manufacturers to have installers trained on their equipment.

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