GM: Plug-in standards necessary to encourage consumers to buy electric-vehicles

GM is calling for plug-in vehicles standards that it says are necessary for consumer acceptance of electric-vehicles, like the Chevy Volt. The automaker will be supporting the Society of Automotive Engineers conference in Detroit next week, where the SAE J1772TM Task Force (they really couldn’t pick something easier) will continue to push for the standardization for the way a consumer plugs-in an electric-vehicle and charges the battery.

“In order for plug-in electric vehicles to become part of the mainstream, a plug-in ‘ecosystem’ must be in place when vehicles like the Chevy Volt extended-range electric vehicle hit the market.” writes Gery Kissel, an Energy Storage Systems Engineering Specialist at GM. “And for this ecosystem to be robust, there must be commonality, especially when owners are plugging into the electrical grid.”

Kissel says that factors like outlet voltages and weather based on location will vary; however, we should have a standard for the charge cord and how a consumer uses it regardless of make or model.

“Drivers shouldn’t have to worry about electromagnetic compatibility, emission and immunity when they need to plug-in – that’s what engineers like me get paid to do.”

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Source: GM’s FastLane Blog