Connecticut needs a EV charger setup done right

EVITP, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program, a nationally developed 20-hour training program for licensed electricians, will ensure Connecticut gets what we pay for: safe, reliable, and quality electric vehicle charging. This training should be required by the state and public services.

Developped by the country’s major utilities, manufacturers of electric vehicle chargers and the electricians themselves, EVITP is a not-for-profit, brand-independent, volunteer-based organization that trains electricians in electric vehicle infrastructure in the United States and Canada. Training includes site assessment, load calculations, National Electrical Code, jobsite safety, personal protective equipment, and other installation and maintenance best practices.

As the electric vehicle industry continues to grow and evolve, the EVITP program is regularly updated to include new technologies, products, best practices and industry standards. The current program, EVITP 4.0, includes DC fast chargers, inductive charging equipment, liquid-cooled drivers, vehicle-to-grid applications, and other installation and maintenance best practices.

Bill Finch is director of the Connecticut Labor-Management Cooperative Committee – IBEW/NECA. Paul Wessel is a leader in Greater New Haven Clean Towns Coalition.

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