One of the big selling points of electric vehicles
) has been the ability to skip past gas stations
and "fuel up" cars entirely at home. Until now, though, EVs have largely been the realm of hobbyists and enthusiasts. Starting later this year, the first wave of mass-produced, mainstream electrics will begin arriving at Nissan
and Chevrolet dealers
followed by many others in the near future. In order for most of these new EV drivers to charge their cars at home, they will need to upgrade their garage outlets to 220 volts and perhaps even upgrade their main service and circuit breaker boxes.
This October, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the SAE International will hold a conference in Detroit to discuss safety standards for homes as well as emergency response procedures. As more property owners (both business and residential) install charging infrastructure, everyone from firefighters and paramedics to building inspectors will need to be trained in proper procedures.
[Source: National Fire Protection Association]