New York, NY, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- April 25, 2012  - The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released a standardization roadmap for electric vehicles reviewing the existing standards and making recommendations for future developments.

The Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles – Version 1.0, which was developed by the Institute’s Electric Vehicle Standards Panel (EVSP) is focused on light duty, on-road plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) that are recharged via a connection to the electrical grid, including both all battery and hybrid types, as well as the supporting charging infrastructure needed to power them.

The Roadmap identifies three domains and seven topical areas, as follows:

  • Vehicle domain – Energy storage systems, Vehicle components, Vehicle user interface
  • Infrastructure domain – Charging systems, Infrastructure communications, Infrastructure installation
  • Support services domain – Education and training.

Within these a total of 36 gaps or partial gaps have been identified, with 22 of these assessed as near term priorities for the next two years, 12 as mid-term priorities (2-5 years), and two as long term priorities (5+ years).

Among the near term priority topics are delayed battery overheating, battery packaging, handling and storage, battery swapping, wireless charging, power quality, supply equipment charging levels/modes, off-board chargers, EV couplers safety and interoperability, vehicle as supply, use of alternative power sources, roaming, access control, communication of standardized EV submetering data, vehicle emergency shutoff, labeling, and safe battery discharge/recharge in emergencies.

Mid-term priority topics include power rating methods, loss of control/dual mode failure in the battery, battery performance and durability testing, off-board chargers, and reserving charging stations.

The long term priority areas are battery secondary uses and recycling.

“The roadmap delivers on its promise to pave a smoother road to the large scale rollout of electric vehicle technology,” said Jim Matthews, EVSP co-chair and director of technical standards and standards policy at Corning Incorporated. “And from the economic and environmental points of view, the timing couldn’t be better. EVs offer the potential to significantly reduce our nation’s dependence on imported oil, create well-paying jobs through the establishment of a broad, domestic EV industry, and reduce on-road vehicular emissions.”

To assist with the process, an accompanying ANSI EVSP Roadmap Standards Compendium offers a searchable spreadsheet inventory of the standards that are directly or peripherally related to each issue identified in the roadmap, while also identifying related issues to which the standards potentially apply.

Work to develop the Standardization Roadmap began in June 2011 and involved representatives from some 80 leading organizations.