As the largest British owned manufacturer of general wiring products in the United Kingdom, Doncaster Cables has a wealth of experience in the cable market. The brand has grown extensively since launching in 1984 and is internationally recognised throughout the industry.

As the need to develop a suitable electric vehicle charging infrastructure becomes more prevalent, Doncaster Cables have developed a cable that provides electricians with a solution that allows a quicker, neater, and easier installation.

EV-Ultra® combines power and data within one cable to allow installers to save time on installations whilst leaving their clients with a more aesthetically pleasing install.

The innovation followed an 18-month research and development project where Doncaster Cables successfully overcame the many problems associated with the close proximity of power and data cables.

Installing a cable that is not manufactured to a recognised British Standard brings installers a new challenge, which is why Doncaster Cables requested the assistance of the British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) to develop a Certificate of Assessed Design (CAD).

BASEC CADs are suitable for unique variant products, where no specific national or international standards exist to verify a cable’s design. BASEC works closely with manufacturers to undertake an appropriate testing programme, with both initial and ongoing routine testing, to evidence the product’s characteristics. The assessed design approval also incorporates ongoing surveillance testing to ensure consistent levels of quality and safety are maintained over the longer term.   

Aaron Walstow (Doncaster Cables) comments “As a company, providing our customers with the highest levels of conformity to support the safe installation of cabling into their projects is a top priority. Gaining the CAD product approval from BASEC helps to provide an easier sign off process for installers and end users of the EV-Ultra cabling. It enables them to prove that the cable has been thoroughly performance tested. To demonstrate compliance customers can also reference a BS specific number in relation to the CAD.”