Electric vehicles

EVs require a charging infrastructure that directly impacts electricity networks. IEC International Standards ensure the process is safe and efficient

EVs everywhere

 

The increasing use of EVs will reduce oil dependency and the environmental impact of transportation. Beyond the personal vehicle market which includes cars, electric scooters and bikes, service providers and e-tailers are purchasing thousands of electric delivery vehicles. Electric buses are becoming widespread in many cities.

Improved battery technologies have reduced the cost and extended the operational range of EVs. Wireless and plug-in charging systems are also evolving rapidly. EVs will even be able to store energy and feed it back into the grid when required. IEC Standards are essential in helping stakeholders to provide the whole EV infrastructure.

IEC activities

IEC work ensures that electric vehicles operate and connect safely to the electricity grid.

car

 

Components, switches, connectors, displays that are built into modern cars

car

 

Audio, video, in-vehicle communication & connection

battery

 

Batteries, capacitors and fuel-cells

electo

 

Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)

connector

 

Connectors and charging infrastructure, electric accessories, inductive charging, and more...

protect

 

Overall electrical safety and protection from shocks, overvoltage and fires

safety

 

Functional safety of charging stations and vehicles

safety

 

Interfaces & protocols for vehicle-to-grid communication, IT security and data protection

IEC Technical Committees

Conformity Assessment

 

IECQ and its automotive qualification programme certifies the electronic components used in vehicles while IECEE covers the testing and certification for safety and performance of batteries and charging stations.

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