ANSI: Safety, Consumer Confidence Key To EV Adoption

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, has submitted to the U.S. 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 vehicles (EVs) in the U.S.

According to the report, the issues of safety and consumer confidence – and the conformance and training programs needed to support them – are key priorities for the widespread acceptance of EVs and the continued growth of the market.

The report builds upon a workshop that ANSI held in April. The overarching conclusion of this workshop was a call for better coordination and harmonization of standardization efforts, and for a public-private partnership to move this work forward quickly and effectively. Participants agreed that a standardization road map for North America would help to establish priorities for the work that needs to be done. A matrix of the various coordinating bodies and standards activities would also help stakeholders to navigate the various activities taking place, ANSI adds.

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