• NFPA Council Rejects Proposed Fire Safety Rules for EVs at Gas Stations

  • NFPA Council Rejects Proposed Fire Safety Rules for EVs at Gas Stations

    The Standards Council for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) rejected proposed standards for electric vehicle chargers at gas stations and auto repair garages at its April 11-13 meeting, according to meeting minutes posted on Wednesday. Several industry trade associations opposed the proposal, saying it could prevent existing gas stations from diversifying into EV charging stations. Though NFPA standards are voluntary, federal, state and local jurisdictions often adopt them directly or by reference through other fire codes. Tentative Interim Amendment No. 1621 would have revised and added new sections to the NFPA "Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages." "The TIA failed to achieve the necessary support of the Technical Committee on both technical merit and emergency nature when balloted prior to submission to the Standards Council," the minutes said. --Reporting by Donna Harris, dharris@opisnet.com; Editing by Michael Kelly, mkelly@opisnet.com Copyright, Oil Price Information Service