by Narasimhan Santhanam

UL’s Plans for E-Mobility – EV Next

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Introduction

Underwriter Laboratories(UL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the UL Mission through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. They conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks and develop standards to guide the safe, sustainable commercializing of evolving technologies.

Company Profile

UL LLC is a global safety certification company headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois. It maintains offices in 46 countries. Established in 1894 as the Underwriters’ Electrical Bureau (a bureau of the National Board of Fire Underwriters), it was known throughout the 20th century as Underwriters Laboratories and participated in the safety analysis of many of that century’s new technologies.

Product Profile

UL offers testing, standardization and certification for the following  EV categories

  • Charging systems
  • Batteries
  • Personal e-mobility devices
  • Electric motors
  • Fuel cells 

EV Product Offering

The company would provide certification and standards after testing & validation as required for various products by different manufacturers. Their stack of testing & validation include 

  • Personal e-mobility testing & certification
  • E-bikes certification
  • Battery and energy storage testing and certification
  • Knowledge solution, industry and product training
  • Electric vehicle battery testing and standardization
  • Portable power pack testing
  • Electric vehicle infrastructure services
  • Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle certification.

R&D

UL India has set up a battery testing and validation lab at IIT-Madras Research Park in August, 2019.    

Global Work

  • UL, announced in August 2019 that 4R Energy Corporation, a joint venture of Nissan Motors and Sumitomo Corporation focusing on the effective reuse of EV batteries for energy storage systems, is the first organization worldwide to be certified to UL 1974, the Standard for Evaluation for Repurposing Batteries in Tokyo.
  • Global safety science company UL completed the acquisition of US based technical and management consulting company kVA in June 2019. kVA specializes in training and advising automotive developers and suppliers on the safety of autonomous vehicles and electrification of automotive systems.

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