European charging station standards a welcome move

The European automobile manufacturers' trade association (ACEA) recommended one plug/connector for all electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids regardless of the OEM.

09/28/2011


The European automobile manufacturers’ trade association (ACEA) announced last Thursday (Sept. 22, 2011) that it has defined a set of recommendations to standardize the charging of electric vehicles. This would mean one plug/connector for all electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids regardless of the OEM.     

This is a welcome initiative which addresses one of the biggest issues hampering the future of electric vehicles: the lack of standardization. The lack of one, ‘true’ standard has so far resulted in the development of at least three ‘standards’ running in parallel worldwide for charging stations and connectors, whilst the charging equipment existing electric vehicles come with literally varies from OEM to OEM. The current sentiment is that the opportunity to work on a joint venture to standardise chargers and connectors has gone and passed. This announcement from the ACEA is therefore welcome news.

Naturally, one main question remains: Will this announcement actually mean that we will see a standardisation as, after all, this is only a recommendation? With millions already spent on research and development for current solutions, it is unlikely that OEMs will be happy to see their efforts being discarded after just one announcement. The difference here, and the reason why this initiative can be successful, is that the recommendations have not been put together by politicians far removed from the automotive industry, but in a joint effort by all major OEMs in Europe. Having the OEMs on board is key to driving this standard forward.

Despite all of the above, the ACEA does not anticipate full implementation for at least another vehicle cycle, aiming for MY 2017 (when IMS Research forecasts that 7.8% of all vehicle production will be some type of EV). This means that the mix of current approaches will continue for some time, frustrating OEMs and consumers alike.



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
2017 Lubrication Guide; Software tools; Microgrids and energy strategies; Use robots effectively
Prescriptive maintenance; Hannover Messe 2017 recap; Reduce welding errors
Safety standards and electrical test instruments; Product of the Year winners; Easy and safe electrical design
Infrastructure for natural gas expansion; Artificial lift methods; Disruptive technology and fugitive gas emissions
Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Diagnostic functions for system safety; Specifying industrial enclosures; Effective decision support for a crisis
Transformers; Electrical system design; Selecting and sizing transformers; Grounded and ungrounded system design, Paralleling generator systems
Natural gas for tomorrow's fleets; Colleges and universities moving to CHP; Power and steam and frozen foods

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me