Mr Antonio Tajani, European Commission Vice-President responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, officially handed over today the mandate (M/468) to Mr David Dossett, CENELEC President, Mr. John Phillips, ETSI General Assembly Chairman, Mrs Elena Santiago Cid, CEN-CENELEC Director General and Ms. Margot Dor, Director of Partnerships and EU Affairs of the ETSI Secretariat, at the European Commission premises.
((from l – r): Mrs Elena Santiago Cid (Director General CEN-CENELEC), Mr David Dossett (CENELEC President), Mr Antonio Tajani (European Commission Vice President responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship), Mr John Phillips (ETSI General Assembly Chairman). Credits: European Union, 2010)
Electric vehicles have become an increasingly important topic in the European agenda, representing an undeniable potential in achieving the 2020 target of reducing carbon emissions. The push to develop viable electric cars has been driven in particular by the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions in order to curb climate change and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. The transport sector has been offsetting emission cuts from other sources, as it has become the fastest-growing consumer of energy in the EU.
Safety, interoperability and performance of electric vehicles chargers are at stake. The essential contribution of standardization and the work of the official European standardization bodies, in completing these objectives is recognised by the European Commission and EFTA.
Interoperable chargers will allow consumers to easily charge their vehicles across Europe, and to use the same charger for different brands of electric vehicles. The standard is supposed to ensure the interoperability and connectivity between the electricity supply point and the charger of electric vehicles, and guarantee the safety of the electric vehicle batteries and their electromagnetic compatibility. CEN and CENELEC have created a joint focus group that will prepare an initial response to the mandate, by urgently assessing European needs and seeking to ensure that international standards meet these. The Focus Group hopes to complete its report by 31 March 2011. The Intelligent Transport community within ETSI is discussing the mandate with the Car-To-Car Consortium (C2C CC) in order to investigate the work that may be required to answer the communications aspects in reply to the mandate.