Electric Vehicle Draft Standards Released


Standards Australia is now accepting comments from the public on the 9 electric vehicle standards drafts that it has just released.

Electric Vehicle Draft Standards Released
Electric Vehicle Charging Station

The standards relate to electric vehicle vocabulary, occupant safety, and recharging infrastructure.

Of particular importance are the standards relating to charging infrastructure, as there are currently multiple electric vehicle recharging methods that are not necessarily compatible.

"These standards are absolutely fundamental to the development of the electric vehicle industry in Australia," Standards Australia General Manager Operations Adrian O’Connel says.

Of the 9 standards, many are safety-related, and pertain to standards for protecting users against electric shock. 

Standards Australia says that the drafts are adopted from standards developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO).

"These standards are the product of a concerted effort by Standards Australia and its stakeholders to ensure that electric vehicles in Australia benefit from international best practice," O’Connel  adds.

In developing the drafts, Standards Australia has undergone a consulting process with the electric vehicle industry, which began back in 2011.

"These new standards break new ground for an industry which is still, in this country at least, very much in its infancy," O’Connell adds.

The standards will be open for public comment until May 8.

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