The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) says it is working to develop a standardization road map to enable the safe mass deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) and associated infrastructure in the U.S.
This decision was reached at the first meeting of an interim steering committee convened by ANSI in response to suggestions that the U.S. standardization community needs a coordinated approach to keep pace with EV initiatives moving forward in other parts of the world. To begin the effort, the organization will form an Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP).
‘The EVSP will provide a mechanism to foster coordination and collaboration among public- and private-sector stakeholders – including industry, government agencies, utilities, standards and conformity assessment organizations, code officials and others – to enable the safe mass deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in the U.S. with international coordination, adaptability and engagement,’ explains S. Joe Bhatia, president and CEO of ANSI.
Through ANSI's role as U.S. member of various regional and international standardization bodies, the panel will also provide coordinated U.S. policy and technical input to relevant regional and international audiences on needed standards and conformity assessment programs related to EVs, ANSI adds.
In addition, the EVSP will liaise and coordinate as appropriate with other domestic and international EV initiatives. Many such activities are already under way that will inform the panel's work, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology Smart Grid Interoperability Panel vehicle-to-grid activity.