Gaithersburg, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- August 22, 2011 - The Governing Board of the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) has voted on the standard, SAE 2847-1 Communication between plug-in vehicles and the utility grid, and recommends its inclusion in the Catalog of Standards.

Over the next decade, the number of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) is likely to reach several million. This SAE Recommended Practice J2847 establishes requirements and specifications for communication between plug-in electric vehicles and the electric power grid, for energy transfer and other applications. This information could include, for example, the identity of the specific vehicle and owner, the location of the charging station, the amount of electricity used, and the price of the electricity at different times of day.

With the information made available by the adoption of this standard, utilities will be able to develop programs that enable consumers to charge their vehicles at the lowest cost during off-peak hours, such as during night-time hours. This same information will help the utilities reduce grid impacts by minimizing electric vehicle charging during peak periods.

The standard will now be voted on for adoption into the Catalog by the wider SGIP membership.