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NEMA Leads Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Harmonization Efforts
by National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

Representatives from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) led a meeting on July 20 to discuss standards harmonization requirements for electric vehicle supply equipment systems (EVSE) in North America.

Michael Mahan, Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Section chair said, “Electric vehicle manufacturers are looking for certainty in the design and performance of EV charging systems before they move ahead with large scale production and distribution of EVs across North America.”

During the meeting, representatives from Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Association of Standardization and Certification (ANCE), and various Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. stakeholders focused on how to rapidly harmonize the following UL standards with CSA Technical Information Letters (TIL):

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