APEC member economy officials and senior industry representatives will discuss the Roadmap for Electric Vehicle (EV) during the 22nd APEC Automotive Dialogue on April 22-24, 2015 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati City. This year’s Automotive Dialogue adopted the theme “Integrating SMEs into the Automotive Global Value Chains”. The forum aims to encourage economies to move toward more integrated regional and global approaches to automotive policies. This bi-annual event will be attended by more than 140 participants from different member-economies which include Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Viet Nam and the United States.

The formulation of Roadmap for Electric Vehicles is in line with the implementation of the APEC Actions to Promote Widespread Usage of Electric Vehicles which was approved during the 3rd APEC Regulatory Cooperation Advancement Mechanism on Trade Related Standards and Technical Regulations (ARCAM) Dialogue on International Electric Vehicles held on May 07, 2014 in China. The United States proposed a ten-point template to guide the economies in formulating the Roadmap. APEC member economy representatives will give their views and information on each point listed in the agenda.

The ten points to serve as a framework in the crafting of the Roadmap are the following: (1) Pursuance of technical coordination to support harmonized standards and regulatory approaches in the region for both electric vehicles and their parts with a view to avoiding and reducing regulatory divergences and adoption of unique EV standards or regulations and taking into account work in existing international fora. (2) Embarking on regulatory cooperation and communication activities in APEC that include regulators, industries, international fora, and developers international standards. (3) Adherence to promote the development of Global Technical Regulations on EVs particularly the electric vehicles safety and the environment. (4) Cooperation in the development of EV standards and harmonization efforts. (5) Identification of technical areas in facilitating trade and investment to enable accelerated EV deployment. (6) Adoption of aligned approaches to electric vehicle charging and communications. (7) Use of international standards as the basis for any regulations pertaining to electric vehicles. (8) Drafting, in coordination with the industry, a list of priority international standards for promoting widespread usage of electric vehicles in the region. (9) Promotion of EV-specific first responder education and training efforts to ensure the safe and energy efficient operation of EVs. (10) Assistance in promoting EV use, production, and trade, and support to greater global collaboration and partnerships among governments, industries, international fora and developers of international standards of the APEC EV Interoperability and Research Center.

An EV Interoperability and Research Center under APEC is proposed to help economies meet their regulatory alignment objectives. It will foster greater electric vehicle production and use - and greater trade and investment opportunities - while advancing APEC's green growth, connectivity, regulatory coherence, and regional economic integration objectives.

The APEC EV Interoperability and Research Center together with the established interoperability centers in the United States and Europe will draw from existing international resources and fora. This will enable them to provide technical and market analysis and support for helping economies achieve the following goals: alignment of EVs, charging systems, infrastructure and communications; promotion of aligned vehicle-to-charging infrastructure connectivity and communication for electric vehicles in all APEC economies; alignment of EV, battery, and interoperability test procedures and verification tools; alignment of test procedures for energy consumption of EVs; assisting economies in using renewable sources of energy for powering EVs; and exchanging information on international EV initiatives, industry conferences, and regulatory best practices. (END)