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Standards relating to electric vehicles in Australia are now open for public comment

Nine Australian Standards relating to electric vehicles have been released for public comment.

Standards Australia General Manager Operations Adrian O’Connell says the standards cover matters relating to vocabulary, occupant safety, and recharging infrastructure.

"These standards are absolutely fundamental to the development of the electric vehicle industry in Australia."

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

As a result, the Standards Australia technical committee EM-001 prioritised standards development based on focus areas including vocabulary, occupant safety, and recharging infrastructure.

The draft standards are direct text adoptions of standards from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

"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," O’Connell says.

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

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