Electric Vehicles (EVs) are an important component to the Asia-Pacific’s transition to low-carbon economies and reduced dependence on fossil fuels. In 2014, the United States completed a literature review of studies on EVs standards and EVs standards development efforts in the region, as well as an initial stock take of how APEC economies are regulating EVs. Both analytical pieces were presented to APEC economies at a one-day “APEC Regulatory Cooperation Advancement Mechanism (ARCAM) Dialogue on EVs,” during which APEC member economies were invited to discuss current efforts underway on EV standards development. In 2015, APEC endorsed the APEC roadmap for Electric Vehicles, which aims to facilitate the adoption and implementation of international standards pertaining to electric vehicles.
To realize the APEC Actions on Electric Vehicles, a series of workshops will be undertaken to address each of the APEC Actions and consolidate undertakings, capacity building, and next steps – all to be presented to APEC Leaders in 2017. This first workshop will cover two main topics of the workshop- (1) Background on EV operations in the APEC region as well (2) Discussion of on-going international efforts to create Global Technical Regulations on EVs, including an update on the UNECE WP 29 1998 Agreement. The Workshop is planned to be held on September 20, 2016, on the margins of the Automotive Dialogue in Manila, Philippines, and will be for Automotive Dialogue delegates as well as a range of standards and industry experts.