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Electric vehicles ready to charge ahead: 2 new IEC Standards

Electric vehicles ready to charge ahead – two new IEC Standards

The publication of two International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) electric vehicle (EV) charging Standards lifts a major hurdle for the EV charging infrastructure and supports the mass adoption of electric vehicles. The two Standards reflect a global consensus on the plugs and sockets that are needed to charge EVs.

The Standards are:

• IEC 62196-1:2011 Plugs, socket-outlets, vehicle connectors, and vehicle inlets – Conductive charging of electric vehicles – Part 1: General requirements

• IEC 62196-2:2011 Plugs, socket-outlets, vehicle connectors, and vehicle inlets – Conductive charging of electric vehicles – Part 2: Dimensional compatibility and interchangeability requirements for a.c. pin and contact-tube accessories

The Standards pull together the huge volume of research and development on EV charging mechanisms from around the world and address the diverse electricity infrastructure and regulations in different countries.
The Standards will help to avoid the very real risk that incompatible solutions would be developed by separate organisations in different regions, something that would clearly be against the best interests of the worldwide vehicle manufacturing industry. Read more>>.

* Order IEC 61851-1:2010 Electric vehicle conductive charging system – Part 1: General requirements
* Order IEC 62196-1:2011 Plugs, socket-outlets, vehicle connectors, and vehicle inlets – Conductive charging of electric vehicles – Part 1: General requirements

Related Standard

IEC 62196-2:2011 Plugs, socket-outlets, vehicle connectors, and vehicle inlets – Conductive charging of electric vehicles – Part 2: Dimensional compatibility and interchangeability requirements for a.c. pin and contact-tube accessories

Related Touchstone articles

Electric vehicle deployment – partnership of industry leaders will help consumers plug in, June 2011.
Electric vehicles – ISO and IEC improve cooperation on Standards, March 2011.
Electric vehicle roll-out – crucial role of international Standards, February 2011.

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