Munich/Tokyo - Effective immediately, TÜV SÜD Japan Ltd. is now a partner of ESPEC Cooperation, a leading manufacturer and operator of environmental test chambers in Japan. In this field, ESPEC and TÜV SÜD are currently expanding ESPEC's existing battery laboratory into a one-stop test centre for large-sized battery systems. The objective is to offer a full range of tests for drive batteries of electric cars, making Japan a further location in TÜV SÜD's international network of battery laboratories.
"By partnering ESPEC, we will be able to offer performance and safety testing as well as type approval according to the revised UN ECE-R100 right here in Japan from next year, just before the regulation becomes mandatory in July 2016", says Dr Andreas F. Stange, CEO of TÜV SÜD Japan Ltd. "This will make planning more reliable as we will then be able to carry out all relevant tests safely and in an environmentally friendly manner, thus benefiting our clients." The tests will be carried out in ESPEC's Energy Device Environmental Test Centre in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya. The modern testing facility, built to TÜV SÜD’s quality standards, enables all types of drive batteries to be tested, from simple cells to modules and complete battery packs according to international regulations and standards. In the focus of interest is Amendment Series 2 of the UN-ECE-R100. The testing laboratory also offers significant abuse testing of battery systems during design and development, including simulated fire tests, short-circuit tests, mechanical deformation and dynamic crash tests.
Standardised testing facilities throughout the world
"I am very proud that in collaboration with our partner ESPEC, we can now also offer premium safety tests for battery systems in Japan“, says Volker Blandow, responsible for electromobility at TÜV SÜD. "Germany and Japan are leading car-making nations and electromobility is strongly promoted by industry and politics in both countries. Japanese car makers have extremely high safety and quality standards – and we share these values", says Blandow.
The testing laboratory in Japan now enables TÜV SÜD's clients to choose between a total of seven testing laboratories (Germany, USA, Canada, China, Korea, Singapore, Japan) offering identical testing facilities and test processes. "We invest a lot of time and attention in training and networking our experts", explains Blandow. Beyond perfect and streamlined test processes, a particular area of focus is on close collaboration with clients, for example in the interpretation of test results to further improve the safety of battery systems. "We have been testing drive batteries of electric vehicles for eight years and have collected a wealth of experience and knowledge during this time – a feature that clearly distinguishes us from others", emphasises Blandow.
Stricter approval testing for vehicle type approval
Amendment Series 2 of the UN-ECE-R100 came into effect in July and will be mandatory at international level from July 2016 onwards, making the destructive testing of battery systems compulsory for the first time. TÜV SÜD has set itself the task of realising these tests safely and, above all, in an environmentally friendly manner.