WASHINGTON--The United States and the European Union are close to setting joint standards for electric vehicles in a move that would ease development of the low-polluting cars, the EU's top trade official said.
"The EU and the U.S. are about to agree to an ambitious work plan aiming at aligning regulatory issues, standards, and research" for EVs, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said in a speech in Washington.
With joint rules the world's two largest economies will "avoid moving into different directions and [risking] creating new market barriers," he said. He didn't elaborate on what the standards would be.
General Motors spokesman Rob Peterson said standard regulations covering EVs and plug-in hybrids between the two markets would benefit the automaker. "Anytime you can get things that are common, it helps with the designing, engineering, and manufacturing," he said.
GM plans to release the Chevrolet Volt, also sold and branded as the Opel and Vauxhall Ampera, for sale in Europe this year.
(Source: Automotive News)