2023 Year in Review: Global Ground Vehicle Standards

2023 held many accomplishments for SAE International's ground vehicle standards, reflecting the rapid evolution of the automotive industry. Here's a look at some key highlights:
The SAE Global Ground Vehicle Standards (GGVS) standards specialist team recorded and managed a total of 2,557 total task force, committee, and council meetings in 2023 at an average of 10 per business day—an eight percent increase from 2022.  We had a total of 267 meetings in person, as well as five new committees, and 15 new task forces—predominantly within the EV and battery space.

Over 8,000 subject matter experts from around the world volunteered on SAE's ground vehicle committees and demonstrated the industry's strong commitment to advancing mobility with the development of global standards. Over 80 new ground vehicle standards were published in 2023, with over 100 being revised and updated to reflect technological advancements and industry best practices.

A total of 239 GGVS Documents were published in 2023 in the following categories:  

  • Motor Vehicle                                                             130
  • Truck & Bus                                                                   45
  • Specialized Vehicle                                                      10
  • Construction & Agricultural                                        16
  • Fuels and Lubricants                                                     1
  • Materials and Processes                                             35

With an increased focus on Electrification and Emerging Technologies, SAE's GGVS launched the J3400 task force standard to cover the development and implementation of the Tesla-developed NACS (North American Charging Standard) connector—TIR published December 19, 2023.

Several new and revised standards addressed safety and performance in high-voltage electric vehicles, including J3068/1 for AC charging identification and J1939/82 for network compliance.

We also addressed Connectivity and Vehicle Networking with standards like J3016 for secure vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication and J2935 for software updates helped pave the way for interconnected vehicles.

Key areas of focus for SAE's GGVS in the coming years are expected to include:
  • Continued advancement of standards for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.
  • Refining standards for automated driving systems to ensure safety and trust.
  • Addressing cybersecurity challenges in connected vehicles.
  • Promoting sustainability and environmental considerations in vehicle design and manufacturing.

SAE International's ground vehicle standards will continue to play a vital role in ensuring the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of mobility’s future. New and current standards groups depend on the unique perspectives their members provide to advance the industry.

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