Multilateral task-force projects within the Implementing Agreement for co-operation on Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies and Programmes (IA-HEV) are known as Tasks. Participation in a Task is an efficient way of increasing national knowledge, both with respect to the specific project objective and in terms of information exchange with peer institutions. Shared activity allows Task members to combine strengths, optimize resources, mitigate risk, and share knowledge.
Tasks are conducted on a cost-sharing and/or a task-sharing basis by the participating institutions within IA-HEV member countries. An Operating Agent is appointed to manage the Task. Each Task usually operates for a limited period of time, and objectives can vary from research into new technology to the creation of roadmaps and plans to guide the implementation of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and charging infrastructure. Members attend meetings once or twice a year where they exchange information. These meetings are usually restricted to members, but some Tasks have a policy of inviting appropriate non-member experts to participate (such as Task 10). A final report is issued at the conclusion of a Task that is usually exclusive to participating members.
New Task ideas are presented to the IA-HEV Executive Committee (ExCo) at their semiannual meetings, and a new Task forms once it has been approved by a majority of the ExCo. New Tasks reflect the need for addressing practical issues as plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) take on a growing role in member countries' strategies for transportation, energy, the environment, and economic development.
Contact the Task Operating Agent for all Task-related inquiries.