Indo-German Expert Exchange on Standards for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

27 experts from both Germany and India discussed standardization approaches during the expert exchange on Standards for Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure held in New Delhi, India on 17 January 2018. Both Germany and India are experiencing dynamic developments with respect to electromobility. The Indian government plans to massively increase the share of EVs by 2030 while Germany has outlined their process in the Standardization Roadmap on Electro Mobility 2020. The expert exchange provided a platform to discuss topics related to the required standards for a public charging infrastructure including the latest technological developments in 2 and 3 wheelers, the relevance of Combined Charging System (CCS) - a free of cost standard for EV charging infrastructure as well as cyber security standards. The meeting helped identify the scope of cooperation between both sides and their priorities.

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) was represented by both the chairman of its Electrotechnology Committee in Mobility, Mr. Sajid Mubashir and members. Mr. Schnorr, Director General, Ministry for Economic Affairs, chaired the session from the German side. He  pointed out the importance of listening to industry and harmonising standards accordingly as it will be the private sector, which is producing the vehicles and who will have to invest heavily in a pubic charging infrastructure in the long run. Further insights from the German side were presented by representatives from the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies Standards (DKE), the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) and Charging Interface Initiative e.V. (CharIN).

The exchange took place within the framework of the Indo-German Working Group on Quality Infrastructure chaired by the Indian Ministry for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The Working Group facilitates political and technical dialogue to reduce technical barriers to trade, and strengthen product safety and consumer protection. The Indian country component of BMWi’s Global Project Quality Infrastructure (GPQI) supports the implementation of the Indo-German Working Group’s annual work plan. The current work plan covers topics ranging from automotive, electric vehicle and charging infrastructure, Industry 4.0, IT security and data protection to market surveillance and machinery safety. 

Secretary Consumer Affairs, Mr. Avinash K Srivastava, Government of India and Mr. Stefan Schnorr, Director General for Digital and Innovation Policy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with participants from India and Germany.

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