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Standardization Roadmap for Electric Drive Vehicles Called for at ANSI Workshop

New York  April 8, 2011


Nearly 120 stakeholders and another 34 webinar attendees gathered for the April 5-6 ANSI Workshop: Standards and Codes for Electric Drive Vehicles in Bethesda, MD, to examine the standards and conformance activities needed to drive the safe, effective, and large-scale deployment of electric drive vehicles (EDV).

In his January 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced the goal to have one million electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015. To help accommodate this major shift in our national automotive landscape, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) convened this standards-needs-assessment workshop on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Idaho National Laboratory. A workshop report outlining priority areas where standards and conformance activities are needed will be submitted to the DOE in the coming weeks.

Keynote speaker Patrick Davis, program manager of vehicle technologies in the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office of the DOE, opened the workshop with an overview of federal initiatives to support EDV technology, including DOE’s Transportation Electrification Demonstration Project. The initiative, which puts 13,000 light-, medium-, and heavy-duty passenger and commercial electric drive vehicles on roads nationwide, seeks to mine detailed operational data on electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.

With other nations around the globe ramping up their own EDV initiatives, Kathryn Hauser, U.S. executive director of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue (TABD), stressed the importance of trans-Atlantic cooperation and collaboration in this area to foster economic growth and innovation.

Electric Vehicles Standards Panel Announced

On March 9, ANSI announced its intention to form an Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP) to take up the development of a standardization roadmap that will ensure a coordinated U.S. approach to this critical issue. [see related article]

Workshop participants considered current and future domestic, regional, and international standards and conformance activities. From vehicle charging modes and connectors to battery safety standards to training for first responders, attendees assessed the wide-ranging challenges and priorities for successful EDV deployment. Three dedicated breakout sessions took attendees through in-depth discussions of the specific standards needs of electric vehicles, the related infrastructure, and supporting services.

One common theme that emerged was the call for greater coordination, participation, and harmonization of standardization efforts, and a concern about the number of forums in which stakeholders currently must participate. Participants agreed that it would be helpful to have a standardization roadmap to help them navigate the various activities taking place.

Speaker presentations and webinar recordings from the April 5-6 ANSI workshop are available on the event page. A photo slideshow of the event can be viewed here.

The final workshop report will be made available at www.ansi.org/edv in the coming weeks.


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