DOE Re-Focuses Safety on Planned Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said this is one aspect that he would want the ad hoc technical working group (TWG) to assess and validate the concerns on. Warnings were raised early on that EV charging infrastructure may not be feasibly sited close to gasoline stations because they may ignite unwanted fire hazards.The energy chief said “we want the TWG to study the technical viability of the infrastructure, evaluate its safe operations by assessing the necessary protocols and standards, and to determine the required policies and its supporting legal basis.” He then expects the technical team to “make recommendations on the advancement of e-vehicle charging stations and related infrastructures, such as viable options for locations like malls and other establishments.”

The DOE-tasked TWG to determine electric mobility options in the country is co-chaired by the department’s Energy Utilization Management Bureau and the Oil Industry Management Bureau.