Founded in 1896, NFPA is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited national codes and standards developer for emergency responder qualifications, equipment and tactics, as well as the codes and standards developer for vehicle fueling. In addition, NFPA’s National Electrical Code® (NEC®) establishes standards for EV charging stations, electrified truck parking spaces and the impact of the EV charging infrastructure on power consumption and emergency response.
Since 2010, NFPA has promoted the safe and compliant adoption of alternatively fueled vehicles, in particular electric vehicles. During that time, NFPA’s® Emerging Issues Team has developed and disseminated extensive EV safety training and guidance to roughly 3000,000 first and second responders. We are actively coordinating with vehicle manufactures, government agencies, research entities, and more to raise safety and awareness for these rapidly emerging transportation technologies.
In our latest initiative, NFPA, with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy and their Clean Cities Coalition network, is developing a broad suite of awareness-based learning modules for all EV stakeholders which make up the EV ecosystem. This effort aims to eliminate many of the common EV misconceptions and provide foundational segment specific EV knowledge to support EV and EV infrastructure growth. NFPA, with the support of its Clean Cities Coalition partners, will be coordinating and delivering 30 virtual EV Community Preparedness Workshops nationwide to facilitate guided exercises and discussions amongst local stakeholders and EV community leaders. The results of these workshops will include future collaboration amongst a broad audience, and planning for future EV adoption within their respective communities.