Some 75 experts from China and the US recently convened to discuss their work on standardization programs related to EVs. The focus of the workshop was cooperation on standards, conformance, and training programs among industry and government players.
The workshop was organized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC). Participants included the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
CATARC gave a presentation on its development of a standardization plan for EVs, and ANSI representatives spoke about the agency’s Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles (May 2013) and subsequent Progress Report (November 2014).
Speakers addressed topics including vehicle and battery safety, charging infrastructure safety and interoperability, wireless charging, and fire protection and emergency response.
Noting that both countries have made substantial investments in promoting the EV market, ANSI President Joe Bhatia said the goal was “to work together to adopt and use common, globally accepted standards and conformance programs that will facilitate market access and trade for US companies exporting to China, and Chinese companies entering the US market. We must work collaboratively to avoid coming up with conflicting solutions that increase costs for industry, costs which ultimately are passed on to the consumer.”
Source: Green Car Congress