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Prospective Nissan Leaf buyers will be glad to hear that Aerovironment has just received approval from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for its

Just in time for the debut of two very-hyped plug-in vehicles from Nissan and Chevrolet, the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) will launch a training program aimed at informing installers, electricians, manufacturers and automakers about the complexities involved with the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment. The program, offered through the UL University, will provide:

While no one will mandate that the new Underwriters Laboratories 2580 standard be applied to all advanced electric vehicle batteries, the fact that there will soon be a UL listing for "large batteries in electric vehicles" is a good thing. UL's unsurprising focus on the standard will be to "help mitigate the potential risk of fire and electrical hazards and enhance the overall safety of batteries for electric vehicles." UL said in a press release that the upcoming increase in EVs increases the "

With MINI Es finally being delivered to the 450 test drivers in New York and California, a problem has cropped up that will limit the ability of many of those people to actually use the car. When MINI USA was taking applications for leases on the new EV, among the requirements were a garage with 220V electrical service. This was necessary in order to be able to charge the 35 kWh battery in four hours. When the car is delivered, MINI sends along an electrician to install a special wall box for ch

Earlier this month, it was reported that Underwriters Laboratories had not yet approved gas dispensing pumps that were labeled with the UL87 certification to carry concentrations of ethanol higher than 10 percent. Meanwhile, many states in the corn belt were considering bumping the current E10 standard up to E15, which is a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. Since that initial story broke, UL has apparently revisited the issue and has decided to allow the pumps to dispense gas

A decision made last month by Underwriters Laboratories could put a big speed bump in efforts by states like Minnesota and the USDA and EPA to increase concentrations of ethanol in gasoline beyond the current maximum of 10 percent. Many states and municipalities require UL listings for fuel pumps. The UL ruling on E85 pumps specified that existing pumps certified to the UL87 standard are certified only for concentrations up to E10. That means that concentrations like E15 and E20 can't be dispens

If you've ever used any appliances you've probably noticed the UL logo for Underwriters Laboratories somewhere on the device. Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is an independent, non-profit that does safety testing and certification of all kinds of products. Although most consumer products are generally not required to be UL certified, there are some things that must be certified. In many locations fuel pumps have to be UL certified in order for a filling station to meet fire codes.