Drivers of electric vehicles in the UK risk death by electrocution by charging their car at home

Drivers of electric vehicles in the UK risk DEATH by charging their car via the powerful power supply of their home, the charity warns

  • The survey among more than 1500 car users included both electric and hybrid cars
  • 75 percent charging at home with multiple extensions that are not suitable for outdoors
  • This can lead to electric shocks and electric fires alert the charity
  • Car users say that the lack of public charging points near the home is to blame
  • The growth of electric vehicles is six times faster than public charging points
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A shocking survey found that 74 percent of electric car owners who charge their vehicles at home risk electric shocks and fires.

The most dangerous are the practices of & # 39; daisy-chaining & # 39; – connecting sockets to each other to cover longer distances – experts say.

The practice is widespread, despite the fact that nine out of ten owners said they knew that home extension leads should not be used outside.

Respondents blamed the lack of public charging ports for the dangerous practices, since the growth of cars in the UK is higher than that of new charging points.

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A shocking survey showed that 74 percent of the (pictured) electric car owners who charge their vehicles at home risk electrocution and electrical fires against dangerous charging practices (stock image)

A shocking survey showed that 74 percent of the (pictured) electric car owners who charge their vehicles at home risk electrocution and electrical fires against dangerous charging practices (stock image)

Electrical Safety First (ESF), a charitable organization for consumer protection that commissioned the investigation, urges the government to build more public charging stations.

This is because the number of plug-in vehicles in the UK is growing by six times the number of public loading ports in the last five years.

In a survey of 1,500 electric vehicle owners, including both electric and hybrid cars, 74 percent said they had charged their cars at home using multiple extensions to reach their vehicle.

Of those who admitted, the majority – 75 percent – admitted to & # 39; daisy chaining & # 39 ;.

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This general practice is particularly dangerous for vehicle charging.

Half of the users of electric cars said they had cables run to their vehicle when it rained outside.

ESF wrote on its website: & # 39; Daisy-chaining is discouraged in all circumstances due to the increased risk of electric shock and even fire that this entails. & # 39;

Vehicle owners are encouraged to use government grants to purchase special charging enhancements for electric cars.

These are considered to be much safer than connecting directly from the socket.

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The ESF website also states: & # 39; Never use an extension cord for household appliances with multiple plugs when charging your electric vehicle.

& # 39; If you need an extension cable, only use an extension cable that is suitable for outdoor use, such as a reel cable. & # 39;

The practice is widespread, despite the fact that nine out of ten owners said they knew that leads for home extensions should not be used outdoors (stock image)

The practice is widespread, despite the fact that nine out of ten owners said they knew that leads for home extensions should not be used outdoors (stock image)

The practice is widespread, despite the fact that nine out of ten owners said they knew that leads for home extensions should not be used outdoors (stock image)

WHAT ARE REGIONAL PLANS TO PERFORM PETROL AND DIESEL CARS?

Currently, the government's ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will enter into force by 2040.

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Scotland has another set of directives, which state that the changeover and the prohibition of gasoline or diesel vehicles should take place by 2032.

The Committee on Climate Change believes that the date should be brought forward to 2030 or 2035 at the latest.

It predicts that around 2024 to 2025, electric cars will have about the same price as their traditionally powered counterparts.

The current goals in England mean that internal combustion engines will still be on the road by 2050 and will produce large quantities of greenhouse gases.

A separate reported that the the number of charging points for electric cars in the UK has in fact just surpassed the number of gas stations – with more than 1,000 in Scotland.

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There are now 8,590 places across the country where drivers can charge an electric vehicle at 8,400 gas stations.

Electric cars represent only one percent of all road vehicles, but efforts are being made to create infrastructure that is designed to reduce ownership of an electric car.

A lack of charging points, long waiting times and small series have limited the spread of electric cars despite their rapid growth.

The government has set a target for all cars to have zero emissions by 2040.

Members of the climate change committee, however, are calling for the date of the ban on the sale of polluting cars to be advanced by a decade from its current 2040 target.

According to the UK, the UK should stop selling traditional diesel and petrol cars by 2030, as electric vehicles will then match by that time.

However, MPs warn that limitations on obtaining the required natural resources for the batteries, especially the cobalt element, means that the 2030 can be missed.

It is therefore expected that it recommends 2035 as the last date.

Problems with the roll-out of batteries on batteries, according to earlier recommendations of the committee, focus on a lack of charging points.

Mary Creagh, chairman of the environmental audit committee, told it BBC: & # 39; Ministers are useless.

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& # 39; They seem to think that the market will miraculously offer the charging point and the government has no task to arrange charging points. & # 39;

The current goals in England mean that internal combustion engines will still be on the road by 2050 and will produce large quantities of greenhouse gases.

HOW TO LOAD SAFE ON ELECTRIC CAR & # 39; S

Never use an additional extension cord for house connections when charging your electric vehicle. If you still need an extension cable, only use an extension cable that is suitable for outdoor use, such as a reel cable.

Never connect extension cords. The way to plug more than one extension cord into another to reach a greater distance increases the risk of an electric fire and electric shock.

Always purchase your charging cable from a reputable store or directly from the manufacturer, who will subject such products to rigorous testing to ensure that they comply with UK safety standards.

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Make sure you regularly check your charging cable for wear and replace it if there is damage.

If you are charging from a 13A outlet in your home, make sure that the wiring in your home has been checked before you do this. Old wiring may not be able to meet the demand to charge your vehicle overnight and run the risk of fire in your home.

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The safest and most convenient way to charge your vehicle at home is through a special charging station for the wall box. Ensure that this is installed by a qualified, registered and authorized electrician. Use our page & # 39; find an electrician & # 39; to find one in your area.

Take advantage of the current government regulations to relieve consumers of part of the costs associated with the installation of a home charging point.

Source: Electrical Safety First

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