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NECA speaks out on electric vehicle opportunities

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The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) strongly supports the development of infrastructure for electric vehicles. Without the equipment to recharge electrical vehicles in residences, businesses and public locations, our country's goal to lower emissions and support clean energy transportation will never become reality.

Beyond any other stakeholder in the electric vehicle market, NECA contractors have the technical expertise, manpower, customer service, and integration skills to create a safe and accessible vehicle charging network from the ground up. We are the recognized experts in all forms of electrical installations, equipment permitting and acquisition. We work together with manufacturers and distributors to get the right equipment for the job, and our National Electrical Installation Standard for EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) provides customers with the highest level of quality workmanship and protection.

NECA's enthusiasm and commitment to this emerging market are demonstrated by our support for and implementation of a robust support system for electric vehicles.

Our national network of chapters, contractors, workers and training facilities ensures that we are prepared to take charge of implementing our nation's electric vehicle infrastructure. NECA is an active participant in the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP), a coalition of electric vehicle manufacturers, charging station developers and service providers to ensure there is a ready force of trained electricians and electrical contractors familiar with the unique characteristics of the EVSE technology.

"The future of the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure rests on those experts who will provide quality installation. As consumers continue to demand a better product so should our industry demand the highest standards," commented Karen Prescott Director of Economic Development of San Diego Chapter of NECA.

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