Driving the electric vehicle revolution with safe & secure batteries

Author : Richard Poate | Senior Manager | TÜV SÜD

01 April 2021

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The UK government is bringing forward a ban on the sale of new combustion engine cars from 2035 to 2030 in an effort to speed up widespread electric vehicle (EV) adoption. Vehicle manufacturers are therefore investing heavily in EV R&D to radically transform the way we drive – and as Richard Poate, Senior Manager at global product testing & certification organisation, TÜV SÜD explains, battery development is at the heart of this process.

The full version of this article was originally featured in the April 2021 issue of EPDT magazine [read the digital issue]. Sign up to receive your own copy each month.

Comparatively lightweight and long-lasting, with good performance, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have proven invaluable in electric vehicle (EV) development, but they carry with them potential safety hazards which must be managed. Also, while consumers are familiar with the traditional combustion engine, and therefore accept the well-known risks associated with fossil fuel-powered cars, there is still an element of distrust relating to relatively new and unfamiliar EV technologies.

Improvements in design, materials, construction and manufacturing processes means that the safety of Li-ion has dramatically improved. However, ensuring their safety and reliability requires thorough and accurate testing, which includes:

•    Life-cycle testing
•    Abuse testing
•    Performance testing
•    Environmental & durability testing
•    Dynamic impact tests
•    Transportation tests...

Read the full article in EPDT's April 2021 issue...

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