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NEMA Participates in ANSI Electric Vehicle Standards Panel

06/23/2011 10:00AMSign-up to receive press releases.

ROSSLYN, Va.—Member company representatives and staff of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) participated recently in the first face-to-face meeting for the newly-formed Electric Vehicle Standards Panel (EVSP) of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). With an initial scope that focuses on the consumer-class of electric vehicles (EVs), the mission of the EVSP is to develop a roadmap for the U.S. standardization effort.

According to the opening remarks by ANSI President and CEO Joe Bhatia, the panel’s efforts are designed to be complementary to other standardization activities in the U.S. and abroad, including as those of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

“As you would expect, because of the impacts on the U.S. electrical infrastructure NEMA figures very prominently in the work of the EVSP,” said Paul Molitor, NEMA’s Assistant Vice President for Smart Grid. “Our staff and our members are actively involved at every level of the panel, and we are looking forward to improving our understanding of the issues and creating closer relationships with our counterparts in the electric vehicle world.”

Other organizations and institutions involved with the panel include the U.S. Department of Energy, the General Services Administration (GSA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and several domestic and international automobile manufacturers.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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