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Notice Title

Electricity Regulations (Electric Vehicle Socket Outlet to Other Socket Outlet Adaptor) Notice 2021

Pursuant to Regulation 87 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 (“Regulations”), I, Mark Stephen Wogan, Manager, Energy Safety, WorkSafe New Zealand, give the following notice.


1. Short Title and Commencement

  1. This notice is the Electricity Regulations (electric vehicle socket outlet to other socket outlet adaptor) Notice 2021.
  2. The prohibitions contained in this notice take effect on the next calendar day following the publication of this notice in the New Zealand Gazette.

2. Prohibited Equipment

  1. The manufacture, importation, sale (including an offer to sell) or use of the following electrical fitting and class of fitting as described in this notice, is prohibited: electric vehicle socket outlet to other socket outlet adaptor, as described in clause 3 (the prohibited adaptor).

3. Description

The prohibited adaptor is further described as follows:

  1. The prohibited adaptor has an EV plug inlet, as defined in IEC 61851:2017.
  2. The prohibited adaptor has a socket-outlet that is not an EV socket-outlet, as defined in IEC 61851:2017.
  3. The purpose of the prohibited adaptor is to turn an EV charging station outlet, being for example, a Type 1 or Type 2 outlet as defined in IEC 61851, into a socket outlet designed for use for non EV appliances, for example, but not limited to an AS/NZS 3112 socket outlet and a IEC 60309 socket outlet.
  4. For avoidance of doubt, this prohibition notice does not prohibit a Mode 1 supply cable.
  5. The following image show a views of a sample (but not limited to) of the prohibited adaptor for identification purposes.

Adaptor and plug socket outlet

4. Reasons for Prohibition

  1. The prohibited adaptor is, or may be, electrically unsafe, in that there is significant risk that a person may suffer harm as a result of dangers arising from use of, or passage of electricity through, the prohibited adaptor.
  2. The reasons for believing the prohibited adaptor is or may be unsafe are that:
    1. This product is unsafe as it causes an unsafe situation to be created through its use due to the bypassing of a safety function of an EV charging station, being earth continuity monitoring.

Dated at Wellington this 3rd day of March 2021.

MARK STEPHEN WOGAN, Manager, Energy Safety, WorkSafe New Zealand.