IEEE, SAE partner on smart grid, electric vehicle standards

IEEE and SAE International will work together to establish standards for technology that connects electric vehicles to the smart grid.

The IEEE Standards Association, a global technology industry standards body, and SAE International, an aerospace and automotive industry group, announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to work together to establish standards for vehicular technology that connects to the smart grid.

The smart grid, of course, is necessary to properly charge hybrid and all-electric vehicles. It's a logical step for both industries, which are strange bedfellows from a historical standpoint but are now suddenly thrust into cooperation as vehicles and the power grid move toward Internet connectivity.

The partnership ensures that the auto and energy industries stay on the same page as technologies continue to advance -- keeping hassle to a minimum and costs down.

Of specific focus are plug-in electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) communications standards. SAE already has 46 standards to its name and another 30 in the pipeline; IEEE has 100 standards, 20 of which were recognized by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards.

Under the terms of their agreement, the organizations will share draft standards for input from each other.

"[This] translates into faster realization of the revolution that the smart grid promises in terms of production, delivery and use of electricity for industry and consumers alike worldwide," IEEE Standards Association managing director Judith Gorman said in a statement.

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