FHWA announces RFI on updating federal standards for EV charging; specifically looking at NACS

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit feedback from stakeholders on updating FHWA’s minimum standards and requirements for electric vehicle EV charging stations to allow for new technology and continued innovation. The RFI focuses on the types of connectors used at federally-funded EV chargers. Current federal... Read more →


In the presence of Rhineland-Palatinate’s Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, Petra Dick-Walther, and international media, Andreas Gorbach, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck, and Juergen Nowicki, CEO of Linde Engineering, inaugurated the first public subcooled liquid hydrogen (sLH2) (earlier post) pilot station in Wörth am Rhein,... Read more →


SAE International, Intel announce committee to develop standard for enhancing energy-efficiency and sustainability of EVs; J3311

SAE International and Intel announced the formation of the Vehicle Platform Power Management Committee (J3311) at CES 2024. The new SAE standard committee will accelerate progress by adopting and enhancing advanced power management concepts from the personal computer (PC) industry, helping all electric vehicles (EVs) become more energy-efficient and sustainable.... Read more →


Mazda to adopt NACS for North American BEVs from 2025

Mazda Motor Corporation reached an agreement with Tesla to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) for charging ports on the company’s Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) launched in North America from 2025 onward. Mazda will drive adoption of NACS to provide customers with a broader range of charging options. This... Read more →


MAN Truck & Bus and ABB E-mobility have signed an exclusive cooperation agreement. The aim of the strategic partnership is to work even more closely together, particularly in the area of development. Cooperation in the area of research and development is rather rare in our industry. Together with ABB E-mobility,... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz is the first automobile manufacturer to receive permits for special exterior marker lights for automated driving in the states of California and Nevada. The exemption permit for California is for testing vehicles and initially limited to two years. The Nevada permit applies to Mercedes-Benz Model Year 2026 production vehicles... Read more →


SAE International releases J3400 TIR for standardizing Tesla-developed NACS connector

SAE International released the SAE J3400 North American Charging Standard (NACS) Electric Vehicle Coupler Technical Information Report (TIR), which lays the for SAE’s implementation of the Tesla-developed NACS connector standard. The TIR was developed through broad-based industry consensus in the SAE Hybrid-EV J3400 NACS Electric Vehicle Coupler Task Force. In... Read more →


SAE International announced that the SAE Wireless Power Transfer & Alignment Taskforce has completed a lengthy consensus process and decided upon Differential Inductive Positioning System (DIPS) as the technology alignment methodology for the SAE J2954 standard. The taskforce, consisting of automakers (OEMs), Tier 1s and wireless charging suppliers, were surveyed... Read more →


Subaru to adopt Tesla North American Charging Standard on N American BEVs

Subaru of America announced that its parent company, Subaru Corporation, reached an agreement with Tesla, Inc. to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) for the charging ports of its battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to be launched in North America beginning in 2025. To provide customers with access to the... Read more →


ChargePoint ramps up production of Tesla-compatible NACS EV chargers

ChargePoint, a leading provider of networked solutions for charging electric vehicles (EVs), is now rolling out NACS connector support for its AC and DC charging solutions, with much of the lineup to be delivered over the coming month. Cable conversion kits for existing DC fast chargers will be delivered to... Read more →


BMW, Rolls-Royce, MINI to adopt Tesla NACS starting in 2025

BMW of North America and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA announced that drivers of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Combined Charging System (CCS) battery electric vehicles (BEV) in the US and Canada will gain access to designated Tesla Supercharger stations in early 2025. The companies will work together in the coming months... Read more →


Mer, Hubject and Driivz to demonstrate seamless EV Plug&Charge at Intercharge Network Conference 2023

Three EV industry collaborators—Mer Germany, Hubject, and Driivz—will demonstrate ISO 15118-based Plug&Charge technology at the Intercharge Network Conference (ICNC23) in Berlin later this month. Mer Germany, part of the Mer Group, a leading EV charging operator in Norway, Sweden, UK, Germany and Austria, is focused on sustainable electric mobility and... Read more →


NHTSA proposes updated CAFE standards for LDVs, fuel-efficiency standards for HD pickups and vans

The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing new fuel economy standards for passenger cars and light trucks and fuel efficiency standards for model years (MYs) 2027-31 that increase at a rate of 2% per year for passenger cars and 4% per year for light... Read more →


Nissan to adopt Tesla NACS in 2025

Nissan is the latest OEM to reach an agreement with Tesla to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) beginning in 2025, providing Nissan customers even more choices when it comes to charging their electric vehicle. Nissan is the first Japanese automaker to announce future product support for NACS. From... Read more →


America Makes and ANSI publish Standardization Roadmap For Additive Manufacturing v3.0

America Makes and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced the publication of the Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing, Version 3.0, developed by the America Makes and ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC). The roadmap describes the current and desired future standardization landscape for additive manufacturing (AM), and focuses on... Read more →


Polestar to adopt Tesla NACS in 2025

Polestar has signed an agreement with Tesla to adopt the new North American Charging Standard (NACS) which will enable access to Tesla’s expansive Supercharger network for all Polestar drivers in the United States and Canada. Ford, GM, Rivian and Volvo have recently struck similar deals. From 2025, new Polestar vehicles... Read more →


SAE International to develop standard for Tesla NACS connector

SAE International will standardize the Tesla-developed North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector. This will ensure that any supplier or manufacturer will be able to use, manufacture, or deploy the NACS connector on electric vehicles (EVs) and at charging stations across North America. Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Rivian, Volvo Cars... Read more →


ANSI publishes Roadmap Of Standards And Codes For Electric Vehicles At Scale; 37 standardization gaps

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced the publication of the Roadmap of Standards and Codes for Electric Vehicles at Scale developed by the Institute’s Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP). The roadmap’s primary focus is on light-duty, on-road plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) that are recharged via a connection to the... Read more →


GM to integrate Tesla NACS in new EVs starting in 2025

General Motors announced a collaboration with Tesla to integrate Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) connector design into its EVs beginning in 2025. Additionally, the collaboration will expand access to charging for GM EV drivers at 12,000 Tesla Superchargers, and growing, throughout North America. This agreement complements GM’s ongoing investments... Read more →


ABB E-mobility and Scania successfully undertake first test of ABB megawatt charging system (MCS)

Scania has successfully installed and tested a pilot megawatt charging system (MCS) from ABB E-mobility, representing the next milestone in the development of an efficient, high power charging solution for heavy-duty vehicles. The technology will enable half the charging time for heavy-duty vehicles. MCS (max 1,250 volt & 3,000 ampere... Read more →


Draft Standardization Roadmap For Additive Manufacturing Version 3.0 released for comment

America Makes and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released a draft of the Standardization Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing (Version 3.0) for public review and comment. Developed by the America Makes and ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC), the roadmap was last published in June 2018. It identifies key issues,... Read more →


ZF joins the Navigation Data Standard Association

ZF has joined the Navigation Data Standard (NDS) Association. In this association, automotive manufacturers, suppliers, map providers, and developers of map-based applications and services are establishing a global standard for digital maps in Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) resolution formats. ZF will use the standard both for its... Read more →


SAE International issues best practice for lithium-ion battery storage

SAE International has released a new standard document that aids in mitigating risk for the storage of lithium-ion cells, traction batteries, and battery systems intended for use in automotive-type propulsion systems and similar large format (e.g., stationary, industrial) applications. With the increasing use of lithium-ion batteries in automotive-type applications, a... Read more →


ANSI releases for public comment draft roadmap of standards and codes for EVs at scale

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released for public review and comment a draft of the Roadmap of Standards and Codes for Electric Vehicles at Scale developed by the Institute’s Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP). (Earlier post.) The roadmap identifies key safety, performance, and interoperability issues; notes relevant published and... Read more →


New ASTM test standard for recovered carbon black

A newly approved standard from ASTM International’s recovered carbon black committee (D36) provides a test that will help to differentiate products and provide a quality control tool for producers and users. Recovered carbon black (rCB) is a recycled product made from end-of-life tires. Recovered carbon black can reduce the tire... Read more →


FHWA publishes final standards for federally funded EV charging infrastructure projects; waiver of Buy America requirements for EV chargers

The US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published the final minimum standards for federally funded EV charging infrastructure projects. FHWA also released the final Waiver of Buy America Requirements for Electric Vehicle Chargers. These standards will help to ensure that chargers operated by different networks will operate similarly and provide... Read more →


The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, is partnering with Microchip Technology to expand testing for the 1000BASE-T1 PCS and PHY Control market to help further compliance for the automotive industry. The adoption of Ethernet... Read more →


Light detection and ranging (lidar) technology provides a three-dimensional map of all objects around the vehicle regardless of external lighting conditions, and as such can be a key element in autonomous vehicle (AV) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). (Tesla being a notable holdout so far.) This map, updated hundreds... Read more →


In February 2022, GTI Energy, S&P Global Commodity Insights and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) launched the Open Hydrogen Initiative (OHI), a collaboration to further transparency into the environmental impact of hydrogen production and help unlock its full potential as an important driver of energy transitions. According to S&P... Read more →


SAE International has published the first Technical Information Report (TIR) that specifies, in a single document, both the electric vehicle- and ground-system requirements for heavy-duty (HD) wireless charging of electric vehicles (EV). SAE TIR J2954/2 Wireless Power Transfer & Alignment for Heavy Duty Applications helps pave the way for charging... Read more →


Faraday Institution launches physics-based battery modeling standard: BPX

The Faraday Institution launched the Battery Parameter eXchange (BPX), an open standard for physics-based lithium-ion battery models. The standard defines the battery parameters, the equations that use the parameters, and the reporting of experimental measurements used to validate the reported parameters. The BPX standard additionally supports inclusion of experimental data... Read more →


CharIN response to Tesla opening its North America Charging Standard

In November, Tesla opened its EV charging connector design—called the North American Charging Standard (NACS)—to charging network operators and vehicle manufacturers. (Earlier post.) Now, the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN e.V.) and its CharIN North America Chapter (operating as CharIN Inc.), issued a response. CharIN is the largest global association focused... Read more →


NREL, Berkeley Lab propose efficiency and stability best-practices for solar water-splitting

Scientists from the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are providing researchers with a guide to how best to measure the efficiency of producing hydrogen directly from solar power. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting, which relies on sunlight to split water into... Read more →


Vitesco Technologies, a leading international supplier of advanced drive technologies and solutions for e-mobility has joined the Catena-X Automotive Network. Catena-X, founded in 2021, is the first comprehensive, collaborative and open data ecosystem along the entire automotive value chain. In June, Catena-X reported that it had grown to 104 members.... Read more →


SEMI and AVCC partner to promote autonomous vehicle innovation and mass market adoption

The Autonomous Vehicle Computing Consortium (AVCC), a global group of automotive and technology industry leaders cooperating on expediting the delivery of automated and assisted driving compute solutions, and SEMI announced an alliance to drive autonomous vehicle innovation. Per the terms of the agreement, leadership and members of the two organizations... Read more →


Rocsys joins ROCIN-ECO robotic charging consortium with IONITY, AUDI, TÜV SÜD, Porsche, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, AVL & Huber+Suhner

Rocsys, the first provider of autonomous charging solutions powered by robotics and artificial intelligence (earlier post), has joined ROCIN-ECO, a consortium with IONITY, Audi, TÜV SÜD, Porsche, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, AVL, and Huber+Suhner. The new consortium aims to find the optimal concept for enabling carefree e-mobility across Europe. The vision... Read more →


Siemens and MAHLE intend to collaborate on inductive charging for EVs

Siemens and MAHLE intend to collaborate in the field of inductive charging of electric vehicles, and have signed a letter of intent to this effect. One aspect of the planned cooperation includes coordinated standardization efforts in the relevant pre-standardization and standardization bodies. The goal is to close gaps to ensure... Read more →


Yamato Transport and Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation (CJPT) will begin studying the standardization and commercialization of replaceable and rechargeable cartridge batteries. The introduction of commercial battery electric vehicles (BEVs) poses several challenges, including recharging times that are longer than refueling times for conventional gasoline and diesel vehicles, as well... Read more →


ArcelorMittal published a concept for a low-carbon emissions steel standard to help incentivize the decarbonization of steelmaking globally and support the creation of market demand for physical steel products which would be classified as lower, and ultimately near-zero, carbon emissions steel. The creation of clear definitions for low-carbon emissions physical... Read more →


FHWA issues NPRM on standards and requirements for national EV charging network

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on proposed minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. The proposed rule would establish the groundwork for states to build federally-funded charging station projects across a... Read more →


ANSI to develop roadmap of standards and codes for EVs at scale

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has launched an initiative to develop a roadmap of standards and codes for electric vehicles (EVs) at scale. The ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP) will serve as the forum for development of the document. In a June 2021 lab-call funding opportunity announcement, the... Read more →


fka leading new consortium on LiDAR specification and testing

LiDAR technology (Light Detection and Ranging) offers high potential for machine perception in automated driving and currently available comfort- and safety features due to its precise distance sensing and three-dimensional point cloud image generation. A growing number of new and established sensor manufacturers have thus been working on LiDAR sensors... Read more →


TTTech Auto and ZettaScale Technology partner to advance flexible and reliable software-defined vehicle development

TTTech Auto and ZettaScale Technology are partnering to provide advanced communication technologies for software-defined vehicles. The upcoming software solution will enable flexible and safe application development. It will serve as a foundation to enable the extension of the vehicle life cycle via after-sales application updates. The partnership includes an investment... Read more →


Mercedes-Benz is the first automotive company to meet the demanding legal requirements of UN-R157 for a Level 3 system for conditionally automated driving. The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has granted system approval for this on the basis of the technical approval regulation UN-R157 (UN Regulation No. 157 -... Read more →


Corporate EV Alliance calls for US standards ensuring interoperable chargers

A coalition of major businesses, including Amazon, Siemens, DHL and Uber, sent a letter to officials from the Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, and General Services Administration calling for programs and standards that ensure interoperability and open access at publicly funded electric vehicle charging stations. As the letter notes,... Read more →


SK On and KERI to collaborate on Li-ion battery safety technology and standards

Korea-based batterymaker SK On—the recently spun-off battery business of SK Innovation—and Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) signed an MOU to develop technology to maximize the safety of lithium-ion batteries and also to develop related standards. KERI is a government-funded research institute under the Ministry of Science and ICT that conducts... Read more →


SAE and ISO publish joint automotive cybersecurity standard

SAE International, in collaboration with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), published ISO/SAE 21434™ Standard: Road Vehicles – Cybersecurity Engineering. The standard helps the industry define a structured process to ensure cybersecurity is incorporated into the design of road vehicles, including systems, components software and connections of any external device... Read more →


NREL researchers, industry partners testing Megawatt Charging Systems; up to 3.75MW

Electric vehicle industry experts and scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are testing and evaluating the compatibility of inlet and connectors for a new high-power charging standard for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles called the Megawatt Charging System (MCS). MCS will facilitate charging capacity up to 3.75MW—seven times higher... Read more →


SAE International revises recommended practice for electric and hybrid electric vehicle safe battery testing

SAE International has released J2464: Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Rechargeable Energy Storage System (RESS) Safety and Abuse Testing, a revised recommended practice for establishing safe battery systems. Originating in 1999 when the industry recognized the need for safety and abuse testing of battery systems in the mobility sector, the... Read more →


First international safety standard for Level 4 automated driving systems has been published

An international group of experts led by WMG, University of Warwick working together as a part of an ISO technical committee, has published the first international (ISO) safety standard for Level 4 automated driving systems, taking them a step further towards being more widely available. One of the first applications... Read more →