TÜV SÜD Japan enters into a business alliance with ESPEC
Corporation to provide a one-stop type approval services for batteries for use in electric-powered vehicles in accordance with UN Regulations
TÜV SÜD Japan Ltd., the internationally renowned third party provider of safety, quality and sustainability solutions has just announced a business alliance with ESPEC Corporation*1 (ESPEC) on October 10. The two companies will cooperate in the provision of safety testing, type approval services and knowledge services for vehicle-mounted battery packs, modules, and energy storage devices. This enables TÜV SÜD to leverage ESPEC’s Energy Device Environmental Test Center and provide customers with one-stop type approval service in accordance with UN Regulation ECE-R100, Series 2, Part II. *2 This alliance will complement TÜV SÜD’s existing global network of battery test labs across US, Canada and Germany, and boost TÜV SÜD’s competence to offer a holistic portfolio to all major markets globally.
With the popularization of eco-cars (including hybrid vehicles and EV) in recent years, the importance of safety testing of batteries to be mounted on vehicles has been globally increasing.
Published in 2013, the second revision of UN ECE-R100 standard implemented significant changes to the type approval process applicable to electric battery vehicles. With the introduction of these new testing requirements, which take effect in July 2014 and become mandatory in July 2016, the responsibility for obtaining type approval for a rechargeable battery may also shift to the RESS manufacturer. This change will lead to an increase in demand for safety testing and type approval services from manufacturers of vehicle-mounted batteries.
This business collaboration will enable TÜV SÜD and ESPEC to provide customers with one-stop solutions from safety testing to type approval services and meet the requirements of the revised standard ahead of the July 2016 transition.