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Automakers, consumers and governments across the globe almost unanimously agree that electric vehicles (EVs) need an international set of standards. However, agreeing on these guidelines at the international level is a painstakingly long and difficult process.
The European Union is no longer content to wait around for other countries to agree on international standards and has decided to roll into action to form its own set of guidelines for EVs to abide by, and soon. By the end of 2010, the EU will release a full set of electric vehicle safety guidelines that will touch on ways to make the vehicles' high voltage electronics less dangerous to users. Some possible guidelines could include insulating potential shock hazards, affixing high voltage warning labels and the like. In 2011, standards will emerge for all aspects of vehicle charging. Connectors will be standardized, guidelines will be laid out for chargers and a detailed framework for infrastructure expansion will be unveiled. By 2012, the EU will release a crash test safety review detailing any areas of particular safety concerns that apply specifically to EVs.

Once completed, the guidelines set forth by the EU will govern electric vehicles sold and driven in all 27 members states. With most of Europe following a single set of guidelines, it would be beneficial for the U.S. to tag along. Sharing standards with these other nations would make the U.S. market more accessible to EVs made abroad, potentially leading to more zero-emissions vehicles for us to choose from.

[Source: Reuters]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Whilst the Japanese Charge directly via DC = DC leaving the charger out of the vevicle thus saving weight, the europeans plan tu use high voltage three-phase AC that hast to be transformed by a cargern within the car.

      + weight
      - efficency
      - space 4 batteries
      - weight 4 batteries.

      a dc dc charger with the bie electronics stanionary would be much more intelligent.
      like the chademo protocol

      while the euwopeans are still talking, the japanese opend the first charging station in the netherlands.

      rgds

      • 4 Years Ago
      Does the EU not use SAE standards? Why don't they just use J-1772?

      Why should the U.S. "tag along" , they are dragging their heels.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks... "The more you know...." :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @GoodCheer
        J1772 is probably a better fit for the US and Japan, which doesn't have 3 phase access in households.

        As a standard though the European IEC 62196 (Mennekes and RWE charger) is likely superior, because it allows much higher power than J1772 and does support 3 phase.

        What will be interesting is how Europe deals with level 3 charging compared to the separate DC socket the Japanese have chosen (and likely will be what the US will use).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not to mention the voltage, current, and frequency differences.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They can't use J1772 efficiently, because the SAE (in all their wisdom) developed a standard that cannot deal with 3-phase electricity. Thus if it were used in Europe it would only be able to deliver a faction of the power readily available at the outlet.