The first plenary meeting of the ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP) will take place on 20–21 June 2011 in Detroit to initiate work on a strategic roadmap identifying the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to enable the widespread acceptance and deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in the United States.
Participation in the June meeting and in the EVSP is open to all affected parties, including representatives of the automotive, electrotechnical and utilities industries, relevant trade associations, standards development and conformity assessment organizations, government agencies, and academia. Thirty-nine public and private sector organizations have already joined the EVSP initiative, including:
- Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
- Association of Global Automakers
- Audi AG
- Better Place
- California Public Utilities Commission
- Con Edison
- Corning Inc.
- CSA America
- Duke Energy
- Edison Electric Institute
- Electric Power Research Institute
- General Electric
- Green Dot (Transportation) Inc.
- International Association of Electrical Inspectors
- International Code Council
- ITT Interconnect Solutions
- Mercedes-Benz USA
- National Electrical Contractors Association
- National Electrical Manufacturers Association
- National Fire Protection Association
- National Institute of Standards and Technology
- Rocky Mountain Institute
- SAE International
- Schneider Electric
- Sony Electronics, Inc.
- Southern California Edison
- Southern Company
- TDI Power
- Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
- US Department of Energy
- Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
ANSI says that participation in the EVSP provides an organization with the ability to help determine priorities on standardization issues (design, performance, safety, interoperability, testing, certification, training) impacting their business, stay ahead of the curve in technical advancement and policy issues, and enhance its ability to compete in the US and global markets. The EVSP also facilitates the public-private partnership that is needed to ensure that the technologies and infrastructure for electric vehicles will be safe and effective.
I encourage all interested parties to join with these leading organizations and get involved with the EVSP today. Time is of the essence, and the US standards community must come together to keep up with the fast pace of technological developments. We must also keep up with our trading partners who are accelerating their national and regional standardization initiatives, recognizing the enormous opportunity to grow this emerging industry.—S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO
The decision to form the EVSP was reached at the 4 March meeting of an interim steering committee convened by ANSI in response to suggestions that the US standardization community needs a coordinated approach to keep pace with electric vehicles initiatives moving forward in other parts of the world. The need for the panel was reinforced at the 5–6 April ANSI Workshop: Standards and Codes for Electric Drive Vehicles that looked at standards, codes, conformance and training issues. The EVSP hosted a kickoff webinar on 17 May.
The June plenary meeting of the EVSP will be held at the Atheneum Suites Hotel in Detroit. Interested parties wishing to attend are requested to RSVP to email@example.com. The draft agenda is available here.