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SAE International Plays Key Role in Development of Smart Grid Infrastructure Standards

WARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 19, 2011 - SAE International has played a key role in developing standards in the development of the Smart Grid, the infrastructure needed to recharge hybrid and electric vehicles.

The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board recently approved three key standards, two of which were developed by SAE International.

“This is an important step in the development of the Smart Grid, and SAE International played a critical role,” said Jack Pokrzywa, Manager, Ground Vehicle Standards, for SAE International. “SAE International is the world’s preeminent standards organization and our involvement in this effort enhances that reputation.”

The SGIP Board's approval of the standards signifies that these standards are now ready for inclusion on the SGIP Catalog of Standards, which will guide the development of an interoperable Smart Grid.

The standards receiving Board approval were:

·       SAE J1772TM Electric Vehicle and Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Conductive Charge Coupler. This SAE standard addresses the physical connector used to plug an electric vehicle into an AC charging station. The standard specifies such details as the dimensions, functions, and configurations of the vehicle inlet and mating conductor.

·        SAE J2836/1 Use Cases for Communication Between Plug-in Vehicles and the Utility Grid. This SAE standard establishes use cases, specifying the electronic information the vehicle will exchange with the grid. This information could include, for example, the identity of the specific vehicle and owner, the location of the charging station, the amount of electricity used, and the price of the electricity at different times of day.

·         Internet Protocols for the Smart Grid. This document describes a set of key protocols needed to set up an Internet network for Smart Grid applications. The standard was created by the Internet Engineering Task Force. 

SAE International was identified in Phase 1 by the National Institute of Standard and Technology to create Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards - "Interoperability Standards to Support Plug-In Electric Vehicles."

SAE International Ground Vehicle Standards Technical Committees are leading the vehicle transportation industry in the development of standards to provide the safe and effective implementation of hybrid/electric vehicles. SAE International standards play a key role in market access, reducing costs, increasing productivity, improving market position and advancing new technologies. To find out more about how SAE International is addressing the challenges of transportation connectivity visit the new vehicle electrification portal at http://www.EVSAE.COM

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries. SAE International’s core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary standards development. SAE International’s charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

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