US to Form Electric Initiative with China
The initiative will be comprised from several different activities: standards development, demonstrations, a technical roadmap and increasing public awarness and engagement.
With EVs being a new stage in vehicle development, the standards on which to base test of these vehicles do not exist. China and the US will work together to explore development of joint product and testing standards for electric vehicles, including standards for plugs to be used in electric vehicles and test protocols for batteries and other devices.
After the general standards have been established, some 12 cities will join a linked demonstration program in both countries. Arranged in pairs, each city will collect data on charging patterns, driving experiences, grid integration or consumer preferences and share/compare it with the results of its pair's.
Additionally, a joint task force, comprised of members from both the US and China, will work on developing a multi-year roadmap to establish the research and development goals related to the manufacture, introduction and use of electric vehicles. According to the provisions of the agreement, its result will be available for use not only in the two countries, but all over the world.
China and the US also agreed to sponsor, on an yearly basis, the US-China Electric Vehicles Forum, first held in September this year. The forum will be opened to stakeholders in both countries.