Project Title

Implementing the APEC Electric Vehicles Roadmap Workshop 

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

CTI 12 2017A 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

CTI 12 2017A 

Project Title

Implementing the APEC Electric Vehicles Roadmap Workshop 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Energy Efficiency 

Project Year

2017 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

60,000 

Co-funding Amount

54,094 

Total Project Value

114,094 

Sponsoring Forum

Automotive Dialogue (AD) 

Topics

Automotive 

Committee

Committee on Trade and Investment (CTI) 

Other Fora Involved

Energy Working Group (EWG) 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

United States 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Japan; Malaysia; Philippines; Thailand 

Expected Start Date

01/08/2017 

Expected Completion Date

30/09/2017 

Project Proponent Name 1

Todd Peterson 

Job Title 1

International Trade Specialist 

Organization 1

US Department of Commerce 

Postal Address 1

1401 Constitution Ave, NW Washington, DC 20230, USA 

Telephone 1

1-202 4823865 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

Todd.Peterson@trade.gov 

Project Proponent Name 2

Ann Katsiak 

Job Title 2

Chief of Party 

Organization 2

US-ATAARI 

Postal Address 2

1777 N Kent Street, Suite 1400, Arlington, VA 22209, USA 

Telephone 2

1-703 5167743 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

akatsiak@nathaninc.com 

Declaration

Todd Peterson and Ann Katsiak 

Project Summary

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are an important component to the Asia-Pacific’s transition to low-emission economies and reduced energy dependence. 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. The EV Roadmap is a series of workshops whose findings will be presented to APEC Leaders in 2017.Workshops 1 & 2, held in Manila, 2016, covered the Background on EV operations in the APEC region.  If funded, Workshops 3 & 4, to be implemented jointly, are scheduled for Vietnam, August 2017, to discuss the establishment of APEC Interoperability Centers, identify further opportunities for collaboration, and develop EV-specific first responder education and training.

Relevance

The purpose of the project is to pursue technical coordination to support harmonized standards and regulatory approaches in the region for both electric vehicles and their parts, including interoperability between vehicles and their charging infrastructure, with a view to avoiding and reducing regulatory divergences and adoption of unique EV standards or regulations. This project is beneficial to all economies. It eases the introduction of new clean transportation which reduces costs and pollution. 

The EV Roadmap directly falls under both Rank 1 and 2 as it works to promote regulatory cooperation and supports alternative energy sources and new technologies for the future. 

Rank 1: Projects that demonstrate a direct link to promoting regional economic integration via free and open trade and investment. This includes projects related to: Standards, conformity assessment, technical regulations, regulatory cooperation, and regulatory coherence, including good regulatory practices. 

Rank 2: Projects that directly support the APEC Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth. This includes projects related to the implementation of the APEC’s Strategy for Strengthening Quality Growth: Sustainable Growth, Energy efficiency, energy security and energy resiliency including the development of low emissions technology and alternative energy sources. Innovative Growth Innovation policy and research cooperation, including harnessing new technologies for the future.

Objectives

The main objective of this activity is to pursue technical coordination to support harmonized standards and regulatory approaches in the region for both electric vehicles and their parts, including interoperability between vehicles and their charging infrastructure, with a view to avoiding and reducing regulatory and standards divergence.

Alignment

The Roadmap is directly related to the APEC Actions to Promote Widespread Usage of Electric Vehicles, which was endorsed by Ministers and welcomed by Leaders in their Beijing declarations in 2014. In addition, this project directly responds to the 2016 MRT Statement, where they directed economies to “accelerate the development of electric vehicles in the Asia-Pacific which can be important components in the region’s transition to low-carbon economies and reduced dependence on fossil fuels. We expect that APEC Roadmap for Electric Vehicles facilitates the adoption and implementation of international standards pertaining to electric vehicles.” 

The Roadmap directly supports the Goals and achievements of the Auto Dialogue:

·  Enhance the exchange of information related to the harmonization of policies, regulations and technical standards related to the automotive sector.

·  Promote employment and social stability in the region by continuing to encourage investment in the automobile and automotive parts sectors.

·  Improve the auto industry’s technology cooperation, by continuing to foster and improve the auto industry’s innovation ability and competitiveness; further reduce the auto industry’s impact on the environment, promote vehicle safety performance, promote R&D in innovative vehicle technologies, future alternative energy sources and transportation infrastructure. 

According to the Auto Dialogue workplan, the Automotive Dialogue is an exchange of views (conducted at a series of meetings) in accordance with the Ministerial mandate between private sector automotive industry representatives and appropriate government officials who are involved in developing trade and trade-related regulatory policy within APEC member economies.

Accordingly, the Dialogue will discuss trade and trade-related regulatory issues affecting the competitiveness and sustainable development of the industry in the Asia-Pacific region. The Dialogue will progressively develop a work program according to priorities identified by industry and officials in the course of their joint discussions, which may focus on non-tariff measures, trade facilitation, standards harmonization, competitiveness, and economic and technical cooperation related to the automotive industry in the Asia-Pacific region.

TILF/ASF Justification

The project will support APEC developing economies through capacity building and information sharing in research, inclusive of regional market, entrepreneur/business/trade communications, start-up investment and multilateral cooperation into technical cooperation and standards harmonization. Successful technology cooperation, by continuing to foster and improve the auto industry’s innovation ability and competitiveness; further reduce the auto industry’s impact on the environment, promote vehicle safety performance, promote R&D in innovative vehicle technologies, future alternative energy sources and transportation infrastructure.

By attending the workshop, the experts from 21 APEC economies will exchange their ideas and suggestions on technology research, governmental policy and industrial development, and the best practice from developed economies will be shared.  Practical implementations and policy promotion of the standards harmonization can be adopted by APEC developing economies.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

The main output of this project will be a 1 day workshop, possibly implemented on the margins of a 2017 AD or other relevant meeting. The project proponents will develop a summary of the workshop outcomes, broad distribution among relevant ministry representatives following the workshop. The summary will also note any additional capacity building needs identified for future work. 

The EV-Smart Grid Interoperability Center Laboratory is providing a venue for global industry-government cooperation that is focused on the joint development of EV standards and test procedures.  The center is leveraging Argonne’s expertise in EVs and smart grid technologies with their state of-the-art facilities and testing equipment to enable universal connectivity and interoperability between EVs and the electric charging infrastructure. 

The Interoperability Center supports the goal of the Roadmap by facilitating the adoption and implementation of international standards pertaining to electric vehicles.   These actions pursue technical coordination to support harmonized standards and regulatory approaches in the region for both electric vehicles and their parts, including interoperability between vehicles and their charging infrastructure, 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. 

Workshop 3: APEC economies to discuss the establishment of an APEC Interoperability Center, with the goal of proposing the creation of the APEC Interoperability Center for endorsement by CTI. Outline key technical areas of interest, exchange information on existing interoperability centers (including at Argonne National Laboratory and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre) and identify opportunities for collaboration. 

Workshop 4: Discussion, in coordination with industry, of a list of priority standards for promoting widespread usage of electric vehicles in the region, work which was substantially advanced during the 2014 China host-year.  In a second session, this workshop could address EV-specific first responder education and training efforts in support of the safe and energy efficient operation of EVs. 

The workshops will be held in one combined event will endeavor to create action plans for standards and regulatory harmonization on the 6 issues selected for cooperation under workshops 1 and 2 held in Manila last September.  These are:

•  Recycling - such as protocols for re-use and re-manufacturing of batteries

•  Cybersecurity – hacking prevention

•  Personal Data - issues with autonomous vehicle routing info, driver information

•  Emergency Rescue - protocol and rescue manual, ability to let outside community know what kind of help is required

•  Interoperability standards – High power and wireless charging, building integration

•  2 and 3-wheel vehicle related standards issues 

Outcomes: The project will lead to greater standards and regulatory convergence in the 6 topic areas chosen in Workshops 1 and 2:

•  Recycling - such as protocols for re-use and re-manufacturing of batteries

•  Cybersecurity – hacking prevention

•  Personal Data - issues with autonomous vehicle routing info, driver information

•  Emergency Rescue - protocol and rescue manual, ability to let outside community know what kind of help is required

•  Interoperability standards – High power and wireless charging, building integration

•  2 and 3-wheel vehicle related standards issues 

The work will reduce compliance complexity for vehicles, parts and grid related infrastructure manufacturers, speed the introduction of electric vehicles, and lower costs for consumers. 

This capacity building workshop will serve as a platform to share lessons learned from reform measures already undertaken and disseminate best practices from international organization representatives having worked with APEC economies and other global partners on relevant EV standards. It will better equip APEC industry and transportation officials and other relevant government officials with the knowledge and expertise to better harmonize standards and regulatory approaches in the region for both electric vehicles and their parts.

Beneficiaries: The direct project attendees will be the 21 APEC member economies, especially encouraged to participate are those developing economies which are involved in the project. People in APEC member economies will be the direct beneficiaries of this project. The utilization of standards harmonization of electric vehicles eases the introduction of new clean transportation which reduces costs and pollution. 

The selection criteria for participants will mainly focus on the relevant ministries of APEC economies, including transportation, energy, trade and industry. Among the private sector, the selection criteria will focus on participants from relevant industries like the transportation and car industry. Participation of private sector and enterprises will be vital in portraying the most accurate industrial demand. Through this activity, private sector will also be able to support the researchers and experts in learning the market. This is particularly important in the successfully implementing the outcomes as identified in workshop 4. Among academia, the selection criteria will focus on scientists, engineers, experts from research institutions, including existing interoperability centres like Argonne National Laboratory and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in order to identify opportunities for collaboration. These people will participate in preliminary work on the issues listed above, and will participate in the main exhibition and the affiliated workshop. 

Besides those above mentioned participants, people from industrial, investment, start-up and small + medium sized enterprise are heavily involved and benefited. They are high-end smart business operators, fully educated, innovation creators. The project will work to involve some female business leaders that possess successful managerial expertise, and have new ideas and feasible ambitions. 

This information should inform domestic decision making within individual economies to help adopt lower emission transportation technologies. The general public of the APEC region will be the long-term beneficiaries as they will benefit from more informed decision making, which will result in investments in more extensive transportation options.

Dissemination

The target audience can be mainly classified into three parts:

1) Academia (experts, researchers and professionals);
2) Private sector, manufacturers;
3) APEC economies/governments 

Before and after the event, we will have an event summary circulated to all attendees as well as the AD and CTI to keep all the parties updated with the progress. Reports will also be circulated to the Transportation working group and the Energy Working group.  Workshop materials including the presentations and event summary will be available to all participants, including non-governmental organizations and private sector companies, via the APEC publication database. 

We hope to have more cooperation with as many of the 21 APEC economies as possible; information on the related technologies and recommended policies will be shared among these member economies, especially developing economies where they will be faster and more beneficial against an insecure traffic conditions. We hope that people in the APEC region will pay great attention to our project, its results and implementations, and the possible immediate benefits it could be to their development.

Gender

Vehicle emissions are a leading cause of health related injury to women and children.  Movement to low emissions technology will result in significant health improvements for these portions of the population. 

The project leaders also consider involving both men and women in the development of the project, the workshop in particular. The workshop will encourage active participation of women from APEC economies to engage in discussions as both speakers and participants. More and more women have their own vehicles, and motor companies have also manufactured lots of vehicle types that are target at female buyers and drivers. According to an investigation by the WHO, more than 40 percent of the vehicles in the world belong to women. Considering this, any future innovations in traffic or technology related to roads will have a definite impact on the women in the world, and these women must be involved in discussions to ensure that they are represented in the APEC work towards promoting electric vehicles.

In addition, the project proponents will ensure that the evaluation forms to be distributed at the end of the workshop will include information on gender for disaggregating of data for project assessment and will help in evaluation of specific responses of women and men.

Work Plan

Workshop 3 & 4 (to be held as a joint event) is scheduled to be aligned with the Auto Dialogue at SOM 3, August 2017. The workshops will address the following based on the Roadmap:  Workshop 3: APEC economies to discuss the establishment of an APEC Interoperability Center.  Outline key technical areas of interest, exchange information on existing interoperability centers and identify opportunities for collaboration.  Workshop 4: Discussion, in coordination with industry, of a list of priority standards for promoting widespread usage of electric vehicles in the region, work which was substantially advanced during the 2014 China host-year.  In a second session, this workshop could address EV-specific first responder education and training efforts in support of the safe and energy efficient operation of EVs. 

·  June 2017- Develop initial agenda, reach out to speakers
·  July 2017- send out invitation for workshop
·  June-July- finalize speakers and agenda
·  August- implement workshop on margins of SOM3
· September- provide event summary and workshop documents to participants
·  Future Auto Dialogues- Follow-up on Status of EV regulations

Risks

One risk for this project is ensuring that there are a good number of targeted officials and experts in the room for the workshop- given the locations and the timing it might be challenging for some officials to attend. In order to mitigate this risk, the project overseers will actively reach out to targeted speakers and participants well in advance of the workshop, and will also work with Auto Dialogue, Transportation working Group and Energy Working Group delegates and representatives to identify the most appropriate representatives in each of the economies. The invitation will also be issued well in advance to ensure time for participants and speakers to plan for attendance at the event. This will be managed by ensuring that the work is demand driven and addressing identified needs/gaps by members. POs will ensure that members are actively engaged and will work in close consultation with co-sponsoring economies of this activity.

Another risk is that project overseers have yet to confirm SOM3 meeting schedule with the host, so have to hold off initial planning until this is confirmed. However, based on the tentative meeting schedule as scheduled by Viet Nam, the EV workshop is slated for Aug 19 which is one day before the Automotive Dialogue. If this date is confirmed, this will position us well to have the necessary participants in the room since many will be traveling to Ho Chi Minh City to participate in the Automotive Dialogue.

EV technologies are moving at a rapid pace.  Regulations governing their implantation need to keep pace.  An August 2017 workshop would be best most timely.  However, if the Workshop needs to move to sometime in 2018, we would be able to adapt the topics covered.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The workshop will identify a number of tools and strategies for effectively evaluating the technical coordination to support harmonized standards and regulatory approaches in the region for both electric vehicles and their parts, including interoperability between vehicles and their charging infrastructure, with a view to avoiding and reducing regulatory divergence and adoption of unique EV standards or regulations which will be disseminated across APEC economies. 

As a part of this workshop, the project overseers will design and distribute an evaluation questionnaire at the end of workshop building time into the agenda before the conclusion of the workshop so that speakers and participants can complete the questionnaire. The evaluations will measure participants’ knowledge before and after the workshop in key competencies and skills. The surveys will also ask if the topics were relevant to the work their economy is doing. Participants will be able to provide qualitative feedback on the workshop program through the questionnaire, including suggestions for areas of follow up. 

In terms of participation (a quantitative indicator), the results and feedback will be closely reviewed through an evaluation form that will be given to participants at the workshop, collected and reviewed. Some potential indicators include the number of survey responses and response ratio; the number of survey and workshop participants, including ratio of women to men; the percentage of participants that indicate increased learning from participating in the workshop; and number of economies represented. The project overseers will review the evaluations and finalize the feedback prior to finalizing the workshop report and deliverables. The results will be disaggregated by sex as part of the evaluations. The indicator for the follow up survey will be knowledge gained/knowledge applied.

Linkages

The CTI tasked the Automotive Dialogue to draft the Roadmap, in cooperation with the Energy Working Group and Transportation Working Group. Both Groups have been influential in developing the agenda, providing speakers and attending the workshops. 

The scope is specifically aimed at avoiding duplication of work under the UN World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations. The work here is aimed at determining other standards or related issues where harmonization activities could support commercialization and APEC trade.  The topics selected during the previous workshops included recycling, cybersecurity, personal data, emergency rescue, interoperability standards, and 2 or 3-wheel vehicle related standards issues.  The pending workshops will work to identify appropriate venues or avenues for addressing these issues as well as exploring the possibility of an APEC Interoperability Center and the concept as it relates to the identified topics. 

Argonne National Laboratory will play an important role in establishing the proposal to create an APEC Interoperability Center. Their expertise in key technical areas as well as the current exchange of information between these two centers will help guide the needs of this APEC Interoperability Center and assist in identifying opportunities for collaboration.

Sustainability

Through broad engagement among both energy and transportation officials engaged in electric vehicle standards issues, this workshop will help identify a range steps that could contribute to establishing APEC interoperability centers. The event aims to facilitate ongoing standards convergence and harmonization work on the issues identified in Workshops 1 & 2.   Thus participants will work to determine how APEC economies might best coordinate work towards integrating charging infrastructure, and improving vehicle charging methods.  Likewise, participants will attempt to locate venues or methods to prevent hacking and safeguard data.  They will work to drive forward the development of occupant rescue procedures and enable alerts on the type of help needed.  And, they will try to identify and enable 2 and 3-wheel vehicle related standards development processes.  The participants will further work to develop a list of priority standards for promoting widespread usage of electric vehicles in the region, work which was substantially advanced during the 2014 China host-year.  Any case studies, lessons learned, best practices, and international experiences with EV standards shared during the workshop will enhance the dialogue among stakeholders and help build capacity among beneficiaries to carry reforms forward and align efforts in their economies.  All agreed outcomes and suggested solutions will be coordinated with the Energy and Transportation Working Groups before being communicated to the CTI.

One of the stated goals of the Auto Dialogue is to:

Improve the auto industry’s technology cooperation, by continuing to foster and improve the auto industry’s innovation ability and competitiveness; further reduce the auto industry’s impact on the environment, promote vehicle safety performance, promote R&D in innovative vehicle technologies, future alternative energy sources and transportation infrastructure.

Since EV technology is such an important component to the auto sector, we envision incorporating follow up work in as appropriate into the on-going Auto Dialogue work plan in coordination with the Energy and Transportation Working Groups.

The Auto Dialogue will incorporate a segment in its agenda to follow-up on the status of each economy’s implementation of EV standards.

Project Overseers

Todd Peterson is an International Trade Specialist within the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He is responsible for the Department’s engagement in the APEC Auto Dialogue (serving as U.S. Head of Delegation to the APEC Auto Dialogue).  He has 25 years of experience working in the U.S. government in various office at the International Trade Administration.  Mr. Peterson holds an MA in International Business from the University of South Carolina and a BS from the University of Colorado. 

Ms. Katsiak is Chief of Party of the US-APEC US – APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration and has managed and implemented more than twenty APEC workshops over the last six years. She has more than 11 years of experience in trade facilitation and economic development issues, and presently provides program management and leads US-ATAARI’s efforts on energy as well as trade and investment as well as women’s economic empowerment. Ms. Katsiak holds an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University.

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Not Applicable.

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