As of April 18, 2023, there is a sales ban for Easee chargers in the Netherlands pending a final judgment from the National Inspectorate for Digital Infrastructure (RDI). Following a sales ban in Sweden by the Elsäkerhetsverket (the Swedish Electrical Safety Authority), the RDI has imposed a sales ban on Easee. As of April 18, ChargeMakers will therefore not be selling Easee chargers until further notice. This is a sales ban and emphatically not a usage ban.
Reason for temporary sales ban
The earth leakage protection in an Easee charger works fully electronically (controlled by software) instead of electromechanically (physically) and its operation is not fully described in the documentation supplied by Easee, according to Elsäkerhetsverket. There is both AC and DC earth leakage detection in an Easee. In the Netherlands, every charger is connected according to the NEN1010 standard with an earth leakage detection for AC and an average charger itself has built-in DC earth leakage detection.
Consequences for Easee chargers installed by ChargeMakers
All Easee chargers installed by ChargeMakers are equipped with AC earth leakage detection via an earth leakage circuit breaker in the group cabinet. This complies with the rules that apply in the Netherlands, provided that the DC earth leakage detection in the charger works properly. Elsäkerhetsverket states that Easee chargers that are already installed can simply be used by end users.
Ban not final
In Sweden, Easee has appealed against the sales ban and the verdict could take months. The RDI does not yet have any information about the next steps and timelines. As soon as there is a ruling and a final judgment on the Easee chargers in the Netherlands, we will report here about the consequences for chargers already sold and installed. Until then, Easee chargers (if connected in accordance with the applicable standards) can be used according to Elsäkerhetsverket as users are used to.
Depending on the ruling of the court in Sweden and whether the RDI adopts this 1:1 again, the solution can vary from adjusting the documentation about the operation of the Easee charger to a recall and everything in between. Execution of this is emphatically the responsibility of Easee itself, where ChargeMakers will of course provide full cooperation to provide its customers with the best possible service. As soon as more is known about this, we will update this page.