Electric vehicles ISO and IEC improve cooperation on Standards

Issue 25 – March 2011

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is helping to ensure the future of electric vehicles. ISO has developed over 800 Standards that are used every day, worldwide, by the international automotive industry to ensure safe and efficient vehicles. ISO has also developed over 100 Standards for intelligent transport systems. An important element of this leadership is a recently updated Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to improve cooperation on Standards for electric vehicles and automotive electronics.

ISO works with the IEC on a number of converging technologies, including information technology Standards that have helped shape such essential features of modern life as the internet, financial services, healthcare, biometrics, and information security.

The experts working on ISO committees recognise that the future is fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles. Various technologies, including electrical batteries and fuel cells, are currently being explored and tested by the industry. The industry is also looking at other fuels as an alternative to petroleum, such as natural gas and hydrogen, all of which will require the creation of new types of vehicles and associated infrastructures – and new international Standards to make these global, ecological, efficient, safe, and effective.

Electric vehicles, in particular, necessitate important changes to vehicles and will impose a potential impact on the electricity supply infrastructure when connected to the grid for recharging. The recent ISO/IEC MoU accordingly recognises that when the vehicle is in autonomous (running) mode, vehicle manufacturers are responsible for defining the required Standards – mainly developed by ISO. When connected to the grid, Standards need to be agreed jointly between the vehicle manufacturers and the electricity supply industry as represented in the IEC.

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