Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Relations introduces new voluntary certification for electric vehicle charging stations

At the beginning of 2023, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in Taiwan introduced a new voluntary certification system for electric vehicle charging stations, abbreviated VPC (Voluntary Product Certification). This is a response to the ever-increasing requirements for emission reductions, one of the most important issues for the automotive industry. The certification is primarily intended to protect consumers who want to install such devices at home.

The new certification concerns both direct current and alternating current charging stations and thus also includes such systems without fast charging function. The corresponding standards are CNS 15511-1 (safety), CNS 15511-21-2 (EMC) and CNS 15700 (safety) for AC systems and CNS 15511-1, CNS 15511-23, CNS 15700 (all for safety) and CNS 15511-21-2, CNS 15511-24 (for EMC) for DC equipment.
The certification process requires application, product testing, production audit and the VPC marking. The verification of EV charging systems is carried out in accordance with the “Technical Specification for the Verification and Inspection of EV Charging Equipment”. Important test points include accuracy tests, repeatability tests and timing accuracy etc. If a charging system with multiple vehicle connectors is tested with the same test certificate, a retest application must be submitted for all vehicle connectors if they have been repaired, adapted or modified. Each vehicle connection is provided with a test mark after it has passed the test.

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