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2. Mr. Rijnders, Chair of GRPE, opened the meeting, held as hybrid session, with all participants attending virtually because of the sanitary situation, and welcomed the participants. GRPE adopted the provisional agenda of the eighty-second session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2021/1), as updated and consolidated in GRPE-82-02-Rev.2, and GRPE-82-03-Rev.2 as a tentative running order. GRPE took note of GRPE-82-01-Rev.1 on the organization of GRPE Informal Working Group (IWG) meetings held during the weeks prior to this meeting.
49. GRPE decided this agenda item will be merged with agenda item 9.(a) from the next session of GRPE.
50. The Chair of IWG on EVE presented the status report introducing the latest activities of the group (GRPE-82-36). He detailed the latest activities with respect to in-vehicle battery durability and introduced the latest draft of the UN GTR (GRPE-82-27).
51. The Chair congratulated the work accomplished so far and appreciated the ambition and innovative nature of the work done. The representatives from France, Germany, and Sweden supported the work and the status as presented by the Chair of the IWG on EVE and acknowledged the initial timing forecasted might be difficult to meet.
52. The representative from OICA introduced GRPE-82-33 on their position about the current status of the work. The representative from EC congratulated all the parties involved and the big progress made in a very limited time, recalling the common position reached by the Canadian, US and EU delegations. She also recalled the importance of a timely introduction of the draft UN GTR for several stakeholders and thanked the Chair of the IWG on EVE for the accurate presentation of the current status during its status report.
53. The Chair of the IWG on EVE concluded by mentioning the interest from sub-national stakeholders such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in such piece of legislation, and the highest priority of the IWG remained to deliver a procedure which is right and timely.
63. The Chair introduced GRPE-82-06-Rev.1 as the revised GRPE priority list including the latest progress made during this session. In particular, the Chair congratulated GRPE and all the stakeholders involved for the early delivery of the 07 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 49. GRPE agreed to provide a clean version of GRPE-82-06-Rev.1 to WP.29/AC.2, when requested.
64. The representative from OICA wondered if hydrogen propulsion for heavy duty applications (whether using fuel cells or internal combustion engines) was to be included in the list of priorities with hydrogen likely to play a role in the future of transportation energy supply. He added a performance standard might be needed soon.
65. The Chair agreed that there are numerous white spots in heavy duty alternative powertrain types legislation on topics related to energy consumption and emissions. The representative from the Netherlands for example raised the quickly-emerging need for a procedure to determine range of battery electric heavy duty vehicles for eligibility criteria for financial subsidies decided by some governments. The representative from OICA also highlighted power determination procedures could be needed as powertrain concepts often differs from the existing ones.
66. The representative from EC proposed to organize a dedicated workshop on upcoming legislative needs for future heavy duty powertrains. The representative from OICA supported the idea and stood ready to co-organize such workshop with the assistance and support from the secretariat.
67. GRPE welcomed the initiative and agreed to organize such workshop as part of the next GRPE session in June 2021.
68. The representative from OICA introduced GRPE-82-16 on potential issues that might arise on the applicability and interlinkages between UN Regulations Nos. 83, 154 and [XXX] on RDE. The representative from EC thanked OICA for raising the issue and reiterated their intention to address the issues and how to deal with in-service conformity test in the various documents. She welcomed and encouraged the implication and assistance from all stakeholders to find a clever way to propose a solution to GRPE by the next session of GRPE.