EU Industry Ministers Call for EV Charging and Safety Standards

French EV Charging

In brief: European industry ministers in a meeting of the EU Competitiveness Council have called for standardization and harmony between electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure.

The word

Frenchman Charging PHEV

The Council specifically wants the various involved standardization bodies to come together to create an equitable EV and utility standardization by mid-2011. This would allow utilities to plan for the expected loads of electrics as they become more popular while also giving the vehicle industry a standard plug-in interface compatible with the grid.

In the U.S., the ISO standard for safety was published late last year while a new plug standard has been finalized by the ASTM.

The European ministers want something similar for the whole of the EU.

And so ...

Standardization is generally a good thing for most industries moving forward on common technologies.

Photo credits: EUCC

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