UN Considering Adapting Japanese Safety Rules for Hybrids, Electric Cars

The revised agreement is due to be made official at a meeting in March and will take effect by the end of the year

Published: 14-Jan-2010

The Nikkei reports that the UN World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP 29 of the UN Economic Commission for Europe) will “likely adopt many Japanese safety rules for hybrid and electric vehicles as global standards.”

The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations is to create global safety standards for hybrid and electric vehicles as part of a revision of an international agreement. The revised agreement is due to be made official at a meeting in March and will take effect by the end of the year.

There are currently no global safety standards for hybrid and electric vehicles. Japan has been pushing its domestic safety rules for those vehicles to be adopted as international standards since negotiations at the forum began in 2008. Because Japanese companies are among the pioneers of those vehicles, the country was one of the early adopters of related safety rules.

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