S. Joe Bhatia,
President & CEO,
ANSI
 
New York, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- March 11, 2011 - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is to form an Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP), which will develop a standardization roadmap to enable the safe, mass deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in the United States.

The 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 electric vehicles initiatives moving forward in other parts of the world.

“With our history of bringing diverse stakeholders together to develop consensus-based solutions for emerging priorities and new technologies, ANSI is well positioned to respond to the need for greater standards coordination in this critical technology area,” commented ANSI president and CEO, S. Joe Bhatia.
 
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.

Through ANSI's role as U.S. member of various regional and international standardization bodies, the panel will also provide coherent and coordinated U.S. policy and technical input to relevant regional and international audiences on needed standards and conformity assessment programs related to electric vehicles.  

In addition, the EVSP will liaise and coordinate as appropriate with other domestic and international electric vehicle initiatives. Among these are the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) vehicle-2-grid activity.
 
Participants in the meeting included representatives from the automotive and electrotechnical industries, utilities, utilities, standards developing organizations, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)/e8 strategic group, and various government agencies.