The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released Version 2.0 of its Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles, developed by the Institute’s Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP). Yes, that's quite a mouthful there, so let's refer to it as simply Version 2.0 from here on.
It's All About Standards
Version 2.0 "tracks progress to implement recommendations" made in the now outdated version 1.0, which was released in April 2012.
Additionally, Version 2.0 highlights some areas where more work is needed, mostly in standardization, to "facilitate the safe, mass deployment of electric vehicles" in the US.
In Version 2.0, ANSI (whoops...we slipped that ANSI back in somehow) says EVs "face significant challenges to widespread adoption" and suggests that the following "challenges" must be successfully addressed:
- Safety: While inherently neither more nor less safe than conventional internal combustion engine vehicles, EVs do have unique safety complexities and risks which must be understood and accounted for as part of the vehicle life cycle.
- Affordability: Cost is a critical issue which must be continually addressed in order for EVs to become widely accepted and broadly penetrate the consumer market.
- Interoperability: The ability to recharge anywhere in a secure fashion will greatly enhance EV driver flexibility and user convenience.
- Performance: The ability to extend the driving range of EVs on a single battery charge without the need for range extension is largely due to energy storage capabilities (batteries) and a function of technology development.
- Environmental Impact: The demand from both regulators and consumers for “greener” vehicles (i.e., more fuel-efficient, less reliant on fossil fuels) must be met.
via Ansi EVSP Roadmap (pdf)