15 April 2014 — Standards Australia has released nine standards relating to electric vehicles for public comment. The standards cover matters relating to vocabulary, occupant safety and recharging infrastructure, and are based on standards from the International Electrotechnical Commission and International Organisation for Standardization.

Standards Australia initiated a consultation process with the electric vehicle industry in 2011.

Adrian O’Connell, general manager operations for Standards Australia, said the standards were fundamental to the development of the Australian industry.

“These standards are the product of a concerted effort by Standards Australia and its stakeholders to ensure that electric vehicles in Australia benefit from international best practice,” Mr O’Connell said.

“These new standards break new ground for an industry which is still, in this country at least, very much in its infancy.”

According to data from the International Energy Agency, China and the US have the largest number of electric vehicles currently deployed, with their use also steadily increasing in Japan, India and European nations including Spain, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands and France.

View and comment on the draft Australian Standards for electrically-propelled road vehicles here. Comments close 8 May 2014.