releases report on standards needed to support electric vehicles
in the States
The American National Standards Institute
(ANSI), coordinator of the United States voluntary standardization
system, has submitted to the Department of Energy (DOE) a report
outlining priority areas where standards and conformance activities
are needed to facilitate the safe, effective, and large-scale
deployment of electric drive vehicles (EDV) in the United States.
The report details findings from the ANSI Workshop, Standards
and Codes for Electric Drive Vehicles, which ANSI convened on
behalf of DOE and the Idaho National Laboratory. Nearly 120 stakeholders
and another 30 webinar attendees examined the standards, codes,
conformance programs and education initiatives needed to drive
the widespread deployment of EDVs in support of President Barack
Obama’s goal to have one million electric vehicles on American
roads by 2015.
According to the ANSI Workshop Report: Standards and Codes for
Electric Drive Vehicles, the issues of safety and consumer confidence
– and the conformance and training programs needed to support
them – are key priorities for the widespread acceptance of EDVs
and the continued growth of the market.
The overarching conclusion of the April workshop was a call for
better coordination and harmonization of standardization efforts,
and for a public-private partnership to move this work forward
quickly and effectively. Participants agreed that a standardization
roadmap for North America would help to establish priorities
for the work that needs to be done. A matrix of the various coordinating
bodies and standards activities would also help stakeholders
to navigate the various activities taking place and facilitate
To offer a neutral forum where public and private sector stakeholders
can work cooperatively toward solutions that will help build
the market for EDVs, ANSI formed the Electric Vehicles Standards
Panel (EVSP) in March 2011. The goal of the EVSP is to produce
a strategic roadmap by year’s end that will define the standards
and conformity assessment programs that are needed to support
this major shift in the national automotive landscape.
The full workshop report, as well as the speaker presentations
and webinar recordings of the workshop, are available at www.ansi.org/edv.