SAE J2601 enables fast refueling for all light-duty fuel cell vehicles. Photo courtesy of Shell. Click to enlarge. SAE has published the J2601 standard, “Fueling Protocols for Light Duty Gaseous Hydrogen Surface Vehicles”, the light duty hydrogen fueling protocol which will serve as a baseline for the first generation of... Read more →


The US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a request for applications (RFA DTFH6114RA00014) for assistance in establishing a future certification environment for connected vehicle devices and applications. Estimated funding is up to $2 million. DOT currently is assessing applications that realize the full potential of... Read more →


To support the impending roll-out of hydrogen fueling infrastructure and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV), SAE International’s Fuel Cell Standards Taskforce has completed two technical standards: SAE J2601, “Fueling Protocols for Light Duty Gaseous Hydrogen Surface Vehicles”; and SAE J2799, “Hydrogen Surface Vehicle to Station Hardware and Software”. The standards... Read more →


SAE task force agrees on frequency of operation and power classes for wireless power transfer for light-duty plug-in vehicles

SAE International J2954 Task Force for Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) of Light Duty, Electric and Plug-in Electric Vehicles, has agreed upon two key factors for the Technical Information Report (TIR) on interoperability for the first phase of pre-commercial development: a common frequency of operation (85 kHz) and the definition of... Read more →


ANSI releases version 2 of EV Standardization Roadmap

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released Version 2.0 of the Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles, developed by the Institute’s Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP). The document tracks progress to implement recommendations made in the roadmap version 1.0, released in April 2012 (earlier post), and identifies additional areas where there... Read more →


A new report published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recommends the international harmonization of fuel efficiency and/or greenhouse gas emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks and buses. Foundational steps toward such alignment would include a common set of test cycles and test payload weights, which would serve... Read more →


European automakers welcome Obama’s announcement of comprehensive US-Euro trade talks; major focus on regulatory convergence

In his State of the Union (SOTU) address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama announced the launch of talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union. The European Association of Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA) welcomes the talks, one of the elements of which will be addressing regulatory... Read more →


SAE CRP: growing high level of confidence that R1234yf can be used safely; “disappointment” with departure of Daimler, BMW and Audi

The SAE International Cooperative Research Project (CRP1234-4) team, formed last year to review relevant research and testing to finalize the risk assessment of the use of the low global warming potential R1234yf in mobile air conditioning systems (earlier post), met face-to-face during the week of 4 February 2013. SAE reported... Read more →


€4.6M eNterop project for PEV-charging point interoperability kicks off

The eNterop project, the goal of which is to to ensure the smooth interoperation of plug-in vehicles (PEVs) and charging points from different manufacturers, recently had its kick-off meeting in Berlin. Funding for the €4.6-million (US$6.2-million) project is split 50/50 between the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi)... Read more →


Global Commercial Vehicle meeting continues calls for global regulatory harmonization on fuel efficiency and emissions reduction

European, North American and Japanese heavy-duty vehicle and engine manufacturers continue to call for global cooperation and regulatory harmonization to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions from the road freight sector, according to a summary of the recent 10th Global Commercial Vehicle meeting posted by the European Association of Automobile... Read more →


SAE publishes standards for first responders to hybrid, EV accidents; FEMA awards $1M to NAFTC for first responder training

SAE International’s Hybrid Technical Committee has completed the technical standard “J2990—Hybrid and EV First and Second Responder Recommended Practice,” which offers recommended practices for emergency personnel responding to incidents involving hybrid or electric vehicles. Separately, the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a new... Read more →


American and European Standards organizations agree to strengthen transatlantic cooperation on standards for electric vehicles

Cooperation on eMobility standardization was the focus of discussion during a Transatlantic Roundtable organized by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which took place in Brussels on 28-29 November. The event brought together technical experts from... Read more →


New international interest group to promote harmonized electromobility data standards

Hubject GmbH, a joint venture formed by BMW Group, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, RWE and Siemens earlier this year, and eighteen other companies have formed the “eMobility ICT Interoperability Interest Group”—an international interest group to promote harmonized electromobility data standards. These would support, for example, integrated charging infrastructures and the easier... Read more →


New joint report outlines EU and US cooperation on connected vehicle standards

The United States and the European Union (EU) have been working together under a 2009 implementation agreement to develop coordinated research programs to foster international connected vehicle technology and international harmonization of the technology and standards necessary for broad deployment of connected vehicle systems. To highlight the progress of this... Read more →


SAE International’s anticipated new revised technical standard for the combo coupler for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and electric vehicles (EV) has been approved and published. (Earlier post.) Developed in a consensus environment by more than 190 global experts representing automotive, charging equipment, utilities industries and national labs, “J1772: SAE... Read more →


Frost & Sullivan analysis suggests momentum toward supplementary 48V on-board power-net

Vehicle electrification is not limited to hybrid or electric drive. Conventional automobiles of today are partly electric in their own way, with most systems in the vehicle having electrical and electronic connections for better functionality. Some high-end vehicles have more than 90 Electronic Control Units (ECUs) to control the various... Read more →


Domains and topical areas for the standardization roadmap for electric vehicles. Source: ANSI. Click to enlarge. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released the Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles – Version 1.0, developed by the Institute’s Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP). (Earlier post.) The Standardization Roadmap assesses the standards, codes,... Read more →


IEC publishes two EV charging standards; global consensus on plugs and sockets

The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) has published two new International EV charging standards: IEC 62196-1 and IEC 62196-2. The two IEC International EV Standards reflect a global consensus on the plugs and sockets that are needed to charge EVs. The newly published International EV charging Standards IEC 62196-1 and IEC... Read more →


Global technical specification on “envelope”—vehicle inlet—for global solution. Source: ACEA. Click to enlarge. The European automobile manufacturers, though ACEA, the automobile manufacturers’ trade association, have defined a comprehensive set of recommendations to standardize the charging of electrically-chargeable vehicles. The joint industry proposal will enable the use of one type of... Read more →


920MHz wireless multi-hop communication technology application domain. Click to enlarge. OKI has succeeded in the development of Japan’s first wireless multi-hop communication system for the new 920 MHz frequency band which is scheduled to open by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in July 2012. The 920 MHz band... Read more →


ANSI report on electric drive vehicle standards calls for better coordination and harmonization, public-private partnership

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the US voluntary standardization system, has submitted to the US 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... Read more →


SAE International, in partnership with IEEE, planning J1772 combo solution for EV charging in all markets; highlights the importance of collaboration between SDOs

In the first quarter of next year, SAE International plans to establish a standard, integrated coupler that would allow electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs/PHEVs) to be charged from either a conventional, 15-amp AC wall outlet or a DC connector of up to 90 kilowatts. The SAE J1772... Read more →


To facilitate the large scale introduction of electric vehicles into the market while ensuring that the technologies and infrastructure are safe and effective, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has formed a cross-sector Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP). The EVSP is seeking participants with relevant expertise and interest to begin... Read more →


As manufacturers and other businesses step up efforts to cut waste, reduce energy use and improve the overall sustainability of their products and processes, the number of standards and regulations also is increasing at a rapid clip, creating a sometimes-confusing array of options for “going green.” National Institute of Standards... Read more →


EPA selects AVL to provide Integrated Battery Cycling System for initiative on automotive electrification standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has chosen AVL to provide a battery test system that includes vehicle-simulation capabilities that allow maneuver-based testing at the battery level as part of an initiative related to fuel economy and establishing electrification standards for hybrid and electric vehicles. The initiative is part of the... Read more →


Closed loop wireless charging diagram. Source: Jesse Schneider. Click to enlarge. SAE has launched a taskforce (SAE J2954) on the “Wireless Charging of Electric and Plug-in Electric Vehicles”—i.e. EVs and PHEVs. The taskforce, which launched in October 2010 and began meeting in November 2010, has a goal of delivering the... Read more →


Generic format of the approval mark pursuant to Regulation No. 100. “1” is replaced by the distinguishing number of the country which has granted/extended/refused/withdrawn approval. The first two digits of the approval number (01) indicate that the approval was granted in accordance with the requirements of Regulation No. 100 as... Read more →


European, Japanese and American Heavy-Duty Vehicle and Engine Manufacturers Call for Global Policy Cooperation to Improve Energy Efficiency and Emissions of Road Freight Transport

The world’s leading heavy-duty vehicle and engine manufacturing companies are urging the close cooperation between policy makers in Europe, the United States and Japan to develop practical and effective fuel-efficiency measurement metrics, methodologies and regulations which would then be used all around the globe. More than a dozen chief executives... Read more →


by Jack Rosebro Active standards work. Click to enlarge. During the SAE 2009 World Congress in Detroit, Gery Kissel of General Motors presented an update of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle standards being revised or developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Hybrid Standards Committee. Many of these... Read more →