Japanese Fuel Cell Vehicle Safety Standards to be Integrated into UNECE GTR

25 Jun 2013

Japanese safety standards for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) are to be integrated into the final draft of the UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations GTR (global technical regulation) on FCEV safety, according to the Nikkei.

These regulations allow a vehicle to be type approved once for sale in all UNECE signatory nations. These nations include the majority of the EU, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand; many nations that are not signatories will still recognise and permit UNECE regulations though the USA and Canada are notable exceptions to this.

The integration of Japanese standards will allow Japanese automakers to mass produce and export their FCEV into at least 33 markets without changing domestic specifications.

The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations is meeting in Geneva this week to formally approve the changes.

More information on fuel cell vehicle regulations can be found in Fuel Cell Today’s 2012 Fuel Cell RCS Review.


Reference: The Nikkei

Further Reading: 2012 Fuel Cell RCS Review


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