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Charging Station Safety: What You Need to Know Before You Buy

Man plugging in black connector to electric vehicle

EV Charging Stations: Staying Safe

After deciding to buy a plug-in electric vehicle, often the next decision is to purchase a Level 2 charging station for faster charging at home. The technical name as defined in the National Electric Code for these products is EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment), commonly called charging stations. Safety might not be the first consideration when selecting a charging station, but safety is actually the most important thing to consider. The primary function of a plug-in vehicle charging station is to provide electrical safety for the operator and electrical infrastructure throughout the charging process and specifically to address the risks of fire and electric shock.


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Recent articles about charging station safety

EVSE not safety tested and certified
From Charged EVs Magazine

Many of the Best-Selling EV Charging Stations on Amazon are Not Safety-Tested and Certified

Have you ever researched the safety certification of an appliance before buying it? I’ll admit, I have not. Hair dryers, space heaters, battery chargers – you name it. Without ever giving it much thought, I always assume that any product sold in the US will have some basic safety certification. 


2016-Nissan Leaf with evse connector
From Green Car Reports

Electric-Car Charging Station Safety: What You Need to Know

Like any consumer product, it’s important to consider safety when buying a charging station for an electric car. 


Charging Station Buyer’s Guide: Staying Safe (Video)

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