IEEE And SAE Work On EV Grid Standards

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together for standards that relate to how electric vehicles connect to the smart grid.

SAE has already forty-six standards in the electric vehicle sector, including the J1772 charging station plug, which has been adopted by two of the biggest green cars currently on the market – the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt, which SAE’s membership magazined called the “Best Engineered Vehicle of 2011.”

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The IEEE has over one hundred standards relating to the smart grid, including thirty that the organization says will be related to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) roadmap for mass rollout of electric vehicles.

According to CNET, both groups will immediately starting sharing, and having input, on each other’s drafts that focus on electric vehicle charging or smart grid technology. While it’s too soon to see the impact of the new partnership, it certainly seems like there is a good potential for the agreement to help ease potentially confusing compatibility issues when purchasing a green car.

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