National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) Executive Director Al Ebron made a presentation at the American National Standards Institute’s Standards and Codes for Electric Drive Vehicles Workshop April 5-6 in Bethesda, Md.
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Idaho National Laboratory, ANSI convened the two-day workshop to consider what codes, standards and related conformity assessment programs are needed to facilitate the successful introduction, widespread acceptance and deployment of grid-connected light-, medium- and heavy-duty electric drive vehicles (EDVs). The attendees also discussed gaps that challenge the mainstream success of EDVs, charging infrastructure and support services.
Nearly 120 stakeholders and 34 webinar attendees gathered for the event. According to ANSI’s website, a workshop report outlining priority areas where standards and conformance activities are needed will be submitted to the DOE in the coming weeks.
Keynote speaker Patrick Davis, program manager of vehicle technologies in the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office of the DOE, opened the workshop with an overview of federal initiatives to support EDV technology.
Given other nations’ ramping up of their own EDV initiatives, Kathryn Hauser, U.S. executive director of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue (TABD), emphasized the necessity of trans-Atlantic cooperation and collaboration in this area to support economic growth and innovation.
Topics covered during the first day’s presentations included vehicle hardware, vehicle and grid communication and coordination, battery and fire safety standards, electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) standards, code development, code installation, EVSE issues and qualifications and training of service technicians and first responders. Sessions about international standards also reported on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), European Union and Asia-Pacific region.
Ebron’s presentation focused on the Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program, which is funded by the U.S. DOE, and its educational components for first responders, automotive and infrastructure technicians, teachers and students.
“When we do our training for electric drive vehicles, we want to make sure we are educating our instructors and students on the latest standards and codes for electric drive vehicles and related infrastructure,” Ebron noted. “After the presentation and for the next two days, workshop attendees inquired about the training we are conducting. Specifically, the automotive technician training is going to be extremely important to the industry.”
From vehicle charging modes and connectors, to battery safety standards, to training for first responders, attendees assessed the wide-ranging challenges and priorities for successful EDV deployment. Three dedicated breakout sessions took attendees through in-depth discussions of the specific standards needs of electric vehicles, the related infrastructure, and supporting services.
One common theme that emerged was the call for greater coordination, participation and harmonization of standardization efforts, and a concern about the number of forums in which stakeholders currently must participate. Participants agreed that it would be helpful to have a standardization roadmap to help them navigate the various activities taking place. In addition, the importance of training emerged as a key element in the successful implementation of EDVs
The final workshop report will be made available at www.ansi.org/edv in the coming weeks.