EV DRIVERS have been warned to check their charging cables to avoid stranding on the side of the road.
The government’s Office for Product Safety and Standards recently recalled some charging cables sold on Amazon Marketplace and eBay.
In recent years, some electric vehicle (EV) drivers have started buying chargers from unverified sellers.
The charity Electrical Safety First has found that two charging cables sold online pose a risk of electrocution and overheating. reports GB News.
It could also be that the cables are not charging electric vehicles properly. This could result in drivers being stranded on the side of the road.
Buying from reputable sellers can help EV owners avoid expensive repair costs and protect their vehicle.
A poor quality cable could potentially damage an electric vehicle’s battery, typically costing around £5,378.43 in the UK.
Motorists can buy fully certified chargers from retailers like Halfords, which are fully accredited and will not cause any unwanted problems for drivers.
Mike Thompson, chief operating officer at Leasing Options, urged motorists to always check if they are using above-standard products.
He said: “If you’ve bought an electric vehicle charging cable from an online marketplace and are concerned it may be unsafe, there are a few warning signs to look out for.
“Chargers should be CE marked or UKCA marked, according to the government website.
“The CE marking is a marking that certifies that the product conforms to EU health and safety standards, while the UKCA marking is a marking that is only used for England, Scotland and Wales and certifies that the product conforms to the meets British health and safety standards.”