Electric Vehicles

Standardization Roadmap for U.S. Electric Vehicle Deployment Released

April 25, 2012

NEW YORK – The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced the release of a Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles – Version 1.0, developed by the Institute’s Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP). The Standardization Roadmap assesses the standards, codes, and regulations, as well as conformance and training programs, needed to facilitate the safe, mass deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in the United States, according to the ANSI.

The Standardization Roadmap is intended to facilitate the development of a comprehensive, robust, and streamlined standards and conformance landscape for electric vehicles; and maximize the coordination and harmonization of the standards and conformance environment domestically and with international partners, according to the ANSI.

Available for free download, the Standardization Roadmap focuses on plug-in electric vehicles – both full battery electric and plug-in hybrids – and the charging infrastructure needed to support them given current range limitations of plug-in EVs on battery power alone. Standardization issues that relate to consumer adoption, including EV safety, affordability, interoperability, performance, and environmental impact, are considered. Support services, including training of emergency first responders, vehicle technicians, electrical installers, and inspectors, as well as education of authorities having jurisdiction, building owners, and consumers, are also addressed. 

ANSI is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

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