|APEC-member economies discuss the use of electric vehicles at a workshop during the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM-3) in HCM City on Saturday (August 19). — VNS Photo|
HCM CITY — Widespread usage of electric vehicles would help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and build low-carbon societies in the Asia-Pacific region, participants at a workshop said on Saturday (August 19) at the third APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3) in HCM City.
Adopting priority standards for electric vehicles among the region is vitally important, they said.
Baek-Haeng Lee of the Korea Automotive Technology Institute in South Korea, speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, told Việt Nam News: “Product standardisation can be applied to wireless power charging and revisions of communication protocols on ISO standards."
South Korea uses the Power Line Communication Protocol (PLC), the priority standard for promoting widespread usage of electric vehicles in the region.
Phạm Anh Tuấn, deputy director general of the Heavy Industry Department under Việt Nam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade, said the country would create standards related to electric vehicles in the near future.
“It takes a long time to conduct surveys on the potential of electric vehicle usage, because vehicles using traditional petrol have been used in the country for hundreds of years,” he said.
In 2015, APEC endorsed a roadmap for electric vehicles, including adoption of international standards.
Last year, APEC also held workshops on electric-vehicle usage at its conference in Manila. — VNS