Document WP.29/AC.3/32
Proposal for groups on electric vehicle safety and environmental requirements
Submitted by USA, Japan, and EU

Proposal for establishing two informal working groups addressing the safety and environmental requirements for electric vehicles to enhance regulatory cooperation including developing global technical regulations in the framework of the 1998 Agreement.

Discussions and Outcomes
52nd GRSP session (11-14 Dec 2012)

13. The expert from the United States, Chair of the informal working group on Electric Vehicle Safety (EVS) introduced the report of the second meeting of the group held on October 23-25, 2012 in Bonn, Germany. He explained that the informal working group had begun considering a first proposal of a UN GTR drafted by the expert from OICA consisting of:

(a) provisions for protection of electrical shock for in-use and post-crash, and
(b) provisions to ensure safety performance of the Rechargeable Energy Storage System (REESS).

14. He clarified that the proposal would take over the provisions devised by the REESS group and recently adopted into UN Regulation No. 100. He concluded that, although the proposal would need improvement, it would form a good basis for future discussions.

15. GRSP noted that the next meeting of the informal working group was scheduled on 16-18 April 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.

158th WP.29 session (13-16 Nov 2012)

106. The representative of the United States of America, on behalf of the Chair of the informal working group on electric safety, informed AC.3 about the second meeting of the group held in Bonn, Germany, on 23-25 October 2012. She outlined that the main items of discussion were about: (i) the updated standard and regulation activities undertaken by
Contracting Parties and manufacturers, (ii) UN GTR outline, roadmap of work and timeline. She added that, on the basis of a proposal from OICA, AC.3 representatives had been encouraged to continue to share research, analysis and test data to provide scientific basis and justifications to the UN GTR. AC.3 adopted the terms of reference of the informal working group on electric safety (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/121) and the first progress report (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/2012/122).

157th WP.29 session (26-29 Jun 2012)

93. The representative of the United States of America introduced WP.29-157-19 containing the report of the first meeting of the informal working group on Electrical Vehicle Safety (EVS). He also introduced WP.29-157-20 containing the Terms of References (ToR) of EVS. AC.3 requested the secretariat to distribute both informal documents with an official symbol for formal adoption at the November 2012 session of AC.3.

94. Referring to the request for developing specific definitions for all the types of electric vehicles (see WP.29-157-19, para. 5 subpara. 2), the Chair of GRPE recalled the need to ensure consistency between the vehicle definitions in general (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095, para. 101). The representative of the EU reiterated the need to also ensure the audibility of quiet road vehicles. It was clarified that, under agenda item 18.1 of the current agenda, a proposal to develop a UN GTR on Quiet Road Transport Vehicles would be considered (see para. 99 below).

51st GRSP session (21-25 May 2012)

16. Following to the decision of AC.3 to establish two informal working group on electric vehicles (see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1095, para. 133), GRSP considered the first status report of the informal working group on electric safety (GRSP-51-20-Rev.1) and its terms of reference (GRSP-51-19-Rev.1) prepared by the expert from the United States of America. He clarified that the two informal working groups would have a different schedule and for the time being, they would report separately on the work progress to the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3). GRSP endorsed the first status report of the informal working group, adopted its terms of references (GRSP-51-19-Rev.1) as reproduced in Annex II to this report and agreed to seek consent from AC.3 at its June 2012 session.