SAE International plans standard plug-ins for EVs and utility grids

SAE International, a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries, is developing a standard for electric vehicles and utility grids.

Ever try borrowing a cell phone charger from coworkers or friends? Unless they have the same phone as you do, it won't work. Now imagine driving to around town in your plug-in electric vehicle and not being able to find a charging station that will fit your car. What would you do?

I'm sure in the future there will be apps for that, but in the meantime SAE International, a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries, has created the new standard for plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) and utility grids.

SAE International today announced the new standard, J2836/1-Use Cases for Communication between Plug-In Vehicles and the Utility Grid. The new standard establishes use cases for two-way communication between EVs and the electric power grid, for energy transfer and other applications.

According to a news release, the standard provides a set of communication requirements for use with various load-management and rate programs that will be established by utility companies related to EV charging. The various utility programs will enable drivers to charge their vehicles at the lowest cost during off-peak hours, and helps the utilities reduce grid impacts by minimizing electric vehicle charging during peak periods.

This is the first in a series of five standards being developed by SAE International to address utility programs for plug-in electric vehicles.

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