EU, U.S. Coordinating Electric Vehicle, Smart Grid Development

Celebrating the launch of the Electric Vehicle–Smart Grid Interoperability Center at Argonne National Laboratory, outside of Chicago, are (from left) Giovanni De Santi, director of the European Commission’s Institute for Energy and Transport; Dominique Ristori, director-general of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre; Phyllis Yoshida, the U.S. Department of Energy’s deputy assistant secretary for Europe, Asia and the Americas; and Eric Isaacs, director of Argonne National Laboratory.

The Electric Vehicle–Smart Grid Interoperability Center will work to ensure that vehicles, charging stations, communications and networking systems work in unison with the electric grid. That work will be complemented by the launch of a European Interoperability Centre by the Joint Research Centre at facilities in Ispra, Italy, and Petten, Netherlands, in 2014.

The centers will employ common test procedures and interoperability standards, the Department of Energy said in a July 29 news release. The plan is for the U.S. government and the European Commission to use common technologies and regulations, helping the development of the trans-Atlantic electric vehicle market.

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