Ivan Hodac,
Secretary General,
Brussels, Belgium — (METERING.COM) — September 29, 2011 – European automobile manufacturers have defined a comprehensive set of recommendations, including the use of one type of plug independent of car make, electricity provider or country, in order to standardize the charging of electric vehicles across the region.

The manufacturers, who include BMW, Ford, General Motors, Peugeot Citroen, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo, also propose that the communication between the EV and the charging equipment be PLC, which is ISO/IEC 15118 compliant. However, no direct communication between the vehicle and grid is foreseen for the moment.

“This is a major step towards the broader introduction of electrically chargeable vehicles in Europe and paves the way for a harmonized solution around the globe”, said Ivan Hodac, secretary general of the European automobile manufacturers’ trade association, ACEA. “We call on the European Commission, the standardization bodies and the infrastructure providers to adopt these recommendations and to clear remaining issues as soon as possible.”

Standardization of the connection between the electricity grid and EVs is one of the prerequisites to help e-mobility gain a viable market share.

The industry recommendations cover the whole link between the public charging infrastructure and the vehicle inlet, including the communication between the two, and they address both slow and fast charging with direct or alternate current.

As soon as approved by the relevant standardization bodies, the manufacturers will start integrating the uniform application in their production cycles. The recommendation is that there should be full implementation for new vehicles types from 2017.

According to an ACEA statement most stakeholders assume a realistic market share for electrically chargeable vehicles in the range of 3 to 10 percent of new sales by 2020 to 2025, depending on how quickly the most immediate challenges can be addressed.