With New Electrical Automobile Necessities Added To St. Louis Codes, Native Electricians Are Prepared

Two of the largest greenhouse gas emissions are buildings, whose heat and power depend on fossil fuels – and vehicles. NPR reports that automakers are working to bring more electric cars to market by the end of the year. Biden’s government plans to subsidize payments for electric cars when people trade in their gas-powered versions.

In St. Louis, Mayor Lyda Krewson recently signed a package of laws to prepare for an expected surge in electric cars. The new city ordinances require that new houses and buildings as well as some existing buildings provide space for charging stations.

One local facility that plays an important role in the electric vehicle industry is the Electrical Industry Training Center, the country’s first registered electrical training program. Ten years ago, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local One and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) teamed up to develop a curriculum for training workers to install charging stations. The center was also part of an effort to standardize the design of charging stations so that they work across manufacturers for cars.

Linda Little, assistant director of the electrical industry education center, said Monday in St. Louis on the Air that the St. Louis curriculum was ahead of today’s hype about electric vehicles.

“Ten years ago there was a lot of discussion about developing uniform configurations so that no matter which vehicle you chose, you could still plug in and charge,” she said. “We tried to think of something in advance so that we would be ready as we proceeded and could keep up with changes in the National Electrical Code.”

Little said she hoped the groundwork will bring St. Louis electricians to the fore in installing the electric vehicle charging docks.

She added that St. Louis is one of only four cities that have set an ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gases by 100% by 2050.

“So we’re kind of an innovator in that regard,” Little said.

“St. Louis on the Air “tells you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill and Lara Hamdan. The audio engineer is Aaron Doerr.

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