Authorization to conduct research and develop new regulations on environmental requirements for electric vehicles
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Reference Number: GRPE-69-14/Rev.1
Origin: Canada, China, EU, Japan, and USA
Date: 5 June 2014
Proposal Status: Superseded
Related Documents:
GRPE-69-14 | Authorization to conduct research and develop new regulations on environmental requirements for electric vehicles
WP.29-163-13 | Authorization to conduct research and develop new regulations on environmental requirements for electric vehicles
Discussion(s):
Working Party on Pollution and Energy | Session 69 | 5-6 Jun 2014

Speaking to agenda item 2, Ms. Marchington reviewed document EVE-09-12e with a focus on action items. Ms. Marchington detailed which action items were completed or ongoing, including:

  • EVE-9 Action 1, completed: The EVE Secretariat will revise draft 4 of the Guide according to EVE-9 discussion to produce draft 5, which will then be distributed to the EVE IWG for one week to allow for final comments.
  • EVE-9 Action 2, completed: The EVE Secretariat will revise draft 5 of the Guide according to comment received, prepare a final draft of the Guide, and submit this to the GRPE Secretariat by March 7th, 2014.
    • See formal GRPE document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/13
  • EVE-9 Action 3, completed: The US and China will draft a new EVE mandate proposal, informed by the European Commission’s proposal (EVE-09-08e) and share this with the Commission prior to the next EVE meeting (EVE-10).
    • Prior to the EVE-10 meeting, the new EVE mandate proposal was drafted and agreed to by the EVE leadership. The document was then distributed to European Union and GRPE Chair for comment and submitted informally to the GRPE Secretariat (GRPE-69-14).
  • EVE-9 Action 4, completed: The EVE Secretariat will follow-up with the GRPE Chair to clarify the timeline and process for completing a new EVE mandate request and ensure the proposal developed following the correct procedure.
    • Prior to the EVE-10 meeting, the EVE Secretariat was informed by the GRPE Chair that the following process would be ideal for approval of a new EVE mandate request: announcement to AC.3 about the upcoming request at the March 2014 WP.29 session, consideration of an informal document a the June 2014 GRPE and WP.29 sessions, and final adoption of the mandate document at the November 2014 WP.29 session.
  • EVE-9 Action 5, completed: The EVE Secretariat will revise the EVE-10 agenda as required and post meeting documents on the EVE website closer to the meeting.

Discussion on the new EVE mandate proposal under agenda item 4 was based on informal document GRPE-69-14.

Mr. Olechiw introduced GRPE-69-14 and the purpose of the discussion, which was to discuss continued work by the EVE IWG under a new mandate that would start in November 2014. During the EVE-9 meeting in February, 2014, there was agreement by the EVE group that continued work in a new mandate was desired; the recommendations in the Guide indicate potential future work that could be explored. Prior to the EVE-10 meeting, a new mandate document was drafted and agreed to by Canada, China, Japan, USA (EVE leadership), and it was subsequently distributed to EU and GRPE Chair for comment and submitted informally to the GRPE Secretariat (GRPE-69-14).

During the EVE-10 meeting, comments from parties on GRPE-69-14 were discussed at length; these comments are detailed below, along with the final decision by the EVE leadership on the comments, which resulted in informal document (GRPE-69-14, rev1):

  • GRPE Chair – Delete Section 3, para.6, ii. and remove ‘Part B’ from the text
    • As Section 3, para.6, ii. is text that was agreed to in first EVE mandate, this was not deleted.
    • Part B was maintained in the text (see China’s comments below).
  • EU – Agreement with GRPE Chair comments and requested modification of text on the ‘EV expert group’ in Section 3, para.6, iv
    • After further discussion with EU, text on ‘EV expert group’ was not adjusted.
  • China – ‘Part B’ should be included in the text
    • Part B was maintained in the text.
    • To address EU and GRPE Chair concerns, minor revisions to the text and timeline were made to satisfy the desire for flexibility and include the request for AC.3 approval (GRPE-69-14, rev1).
  • OICA – Ensure coordination with WLTP and E-Lab. sub-group timelines
    • This coordination is noted in the Timeline and Section 3, para.6, iii.

Also, there was agreement that the new EVE group should maintain the current leadership structure. During the EVE-10 meeting, the European Union was unsure if they would like to be a co-sponsor of the work, so the square brackets in the text were maintained.

Finally, Mr. Olechiw reminded the EVE IWG that during the 69th GRPE session later in the week there would be discussion of the informal new EVE mandate proposal (GRPE-69-14, rev1); although formal GRPE approval of the mandate is not required, agreement by the GRPE is desired. The proposal would then be tabled for informal discussion at the June 2014 WP.29 session and formal approval at the November 2014 WP.29 session.

ACTION 2: Pending GRPE approval, the EVE Secretariat will facilitate the submission of the new EVE mandate document as an informal document for the June 2014 WP.29 session and as a formal document for the November 2014 WP.29 session.

At the time of the EVE-10 meeting, it was unclear if a future EVE meeting would be held, as this requires the approval of a new EVE mandate by AC.3. Therefore, a draft agenda was not discussed. If the new EVE mandate was approved by AC.3 in November 2014, a meeting could be held shortly after; or, pending GRPE agreement with GRPE-69-14, rev1 and advice of the GRPE Chair, the next EVE meeting could be held in the fall.

ACTION 3: The EVE Secretariat will approach the GRPE Chair for advice on timing of the next EVE meeting and inform the EVE group as required.

35. The Chair of the IWG on EVE introduced GRPE-69-26 on recent meetings. He provided information on the draft regulatory reference guide (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/13) and recommended its endorsement by GRPE. He reported that several minor changes had been suggested, but that the EVE leadership did not accept them. He presented GRPE-69-14-Rev.1 containing a proposal for a new mandate. GRPE endorsed the proposed Electric Vehicle Reference Guide, which would be submitted to WP.29 for consideration at its November 2014 session. Noting the concern raised by OICA about the wording “assuming that” as well as the position of the EC to be clarified at the June 2014 AC.3 session, GRPE welcomed in principle the proposal for the road map to develop a gtr by the EVE Group.

Electric Vehicles and the Environment | Session 10 | 2 Jun 2014

Speaking to agenda item 2, Ms. Marchington reviewed document EVE-09-12e with a focus on action items. Ms. Marchington detailed which action items were completed or ongoing, including:

  • EVE-9 Action 1, completed: The EVE Secretariat will revise draft 4 of the Guide according to EVE-9 discussion to produce draft 5, which will then be distributed to the EVE IWG for one week to allow for final comments.
  • EVE-9 Action 2, completed: The EVE Secretariat will revise draft 5 of the Guide according to comment received, prepare a final draft of the Guide, and submit this to the GRPE Secretariat by March 7th, 2014.
    • See formal GRPE document ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/13
  • EVE-9 Action 3, completed: The US and China will draft a new EVE mandate proposal, informed by the European Commission’s proposal (EVE-09-08e) and share this with the Commission prior to the next EVE meeting (EVE-10).
    • Prior to the EVE-10 meeting, the new EVE mandate proposal was drafted and agreed to by the EVE leadership. The document was then distributed to European Union and GRPE Chair for comment and submitted informally to the GRPE Secretariat (GRPE-69-14).
  • EVE-9 Action 4, completed: The EVE Secretariat will follow-up with the GRPE Chair to clarify the timeline and process for completing a new EVE mandate request and ensure the proposal developed following the correct procedure.
    • Prior to the EVE-10 meeting, the EVE Secretariat was informed by the GRPE Chair that the following process would be ideal for approval of a new EVE mandate request: announcement to AC.3 about the upcoming request at the March 2014 WP.29 session, consideration of an informal document a the June 2014 GRPE and WP.29 sessions, and final adoption of the mandate document at the November 2014 WP.29 session.
  • EVE-9 Action 5, completed: The EVE Secretariat will revise the EVE-10 agenda as required and post meeting documents on the EVE website closer to the meeting.

Discussion on the new EVE mandate proposal under agenda item 4 was based on informal document GRPE-69-14.

Mr. Olechiw introduced GRPE-69-14 and the purpose of the discussion, which was to discuss continued work by the EVE IWG under a new mandate that would start in November 2014. During the EVE-9 meeting in February, 2014, there was agreement by the EVE group that continued work in a new mandate was desired; the recommendations in the Guide indicate potential future work that could be explored. Prior to the EVE-10 meeting, a new mandate document was drafted and agreed to by Canada, China, Japan, USA (EVE leadership), and it was subsequently distributed to EU and GRPE Chair for comment and submitted informally to the GRPE Secretariat (GRPE-69-14).

During the EVE-10 meeting, comments from parties on GRPE-69-14 were discussed at length; these comments are detailed below, along with the final decision by the EVE leadership on the comments, which resulted in informal document (GRPE-69-14, rev1):

  • GRPE Chair – Delete Section 3, para.6, ii. and remove ‘Part B’ from the text
    • As Section 3, para.6, ii. is text that was agreed to in first EVE mandate, this was not deleted.
    • Part B was maintained in the text (see China’s comments below).
  • EU – Agreement with GRPE Chair comments and requested modification of text on the ‘EV expert group’ in Section 3, para.6, iv
    • After further discussion with EU, text on ‘EV expert group’ was not adjusted.
  • China – ‘Part B’ should be included in the text
    • Part B was maintained in the text.
    • To address EU and GRPE Chair concerns, minor revisions to the text and timeline were made to satisfy the desire for flexibility and include the request for AC.3 approval (GRPE-69-14, rev1).
  • OICA – Ensure coordination with WLTP and E-Lab. sub-group timelines
    • This coordination is noted in the Timeline and Section 3, para.6, iii.

Also, there was agreement that the new EVE group should maintain the current leadership structure. During the EVE-10 meeting, the European Union was unsure if they would like to be a co-sponsor of the work, so the square brackets in the text were maintained.

Finally, Mr. Olechiw reminded the EVE IWG that during the 69th GRPE session later in the week there would be discussion of the informal new EVE mandate proposal (GRPE-69-14, rev1); although formal GRPE approval of the mandate is not required, agreement by the GRPE is desired. The proposal would then be tabled for informal discussion at the June 2014 WP.29 session and formal approval at the November 2014 WP.29 session.

ACTION 2: Pending GRPE approval, the EVE Secretariat will facilitate the submission of the new EVE mandate document as an informal document for the June 2014 WP.29 session and as a formal document for the November 2014 WP.29 session.

At the time of the EVE-10 meeting, it was unclear if a future EVE meeting would be held, as this requires the approval of a new EVE mandate by AC.3. Therefore, a draft agenda was not discussed. If the new EVE mandate was approved by AC.3 in November 2014, a meeting could be held shortly after; or, pending GRPE agreement with GRPE-69-14, rev1 and advice of the GRPE Chair, the next EVE meeting could be held in the fall.

ACTION 3: The EVE Secretariat will approach the GRPE Chair for advice on timing of the next EVE meeting and inform the EVE group as required.

35. The Chair of the IWG on EVE introduced GRPE-69-26 on recent meetings. He provided information on the draft regulatory reference guide (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2014/13) and recommended its endorsement by GRPE. He reported that several minor changes had been suggested, but that the EVE leadership did not accept them. He presented GRPE-69-14-Rev.1 containing a proposal for a new mandate. GRPE endorsed the proposed Electric Vehicle Reference Guide, which would be submitted to WP.29 for consideration at its November 2014 session. Noting the concern raised by OICA about the wording “assuming that” as well as the position of the EC to be clarified at the June 2014 AC.3 session, GRPE welcomed in principle the proposal for the road map to develop a gtr by the EVE Group.