TÜV SÜD opens EV environmental test lab

TÜV SÜD opens EV environmental test lab

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By Nick Flaherty

TÜV SÜD America has opened a state-of-the-art environmental test lab for electric vehicles to serve the US automotive market.

The TÜV SÜD test lab in Auburn Hills, Michigan can handle batteries up to 1200V/1000AW, ensuring comprehensive and rigorous testing procedures, while enabling comprehensive analysis and validation with the ability to crush batteries with up to 1 Mega Newton of force and the ability to conduct fire testing indoors within the bunkers on site.

The lab also includes Detroit’s largest electro-dynamic vibration table capable of generating forces up to 350kN, as well as an electro-dynamic MAST (Multi-Axis Shaker Table) system for 6 degrees of freedom (6 DOF) testing and high-frequency response.

Coupled with the Plymouth Lab, TÜV SÜD can run high-voltage EMC testing on battery and BMS battery management systems for the customers.

TÜV SÜD’s experience as a third-party independent test laboratory for batteries in North America dates to 2009. TÜV SÜD broke ground on the 80,000 square foot lab in 2021 and is now ready to offer its services to accommodate the expanding EV market and the ever-increasing EV battery sizes.

The electricity for the new EV lab is 100% compliant with MIGreenPower, a program dedicated to putting more clean energy on the grid.

“This marks an exciting milestone as we open our state-of-the-art environmental testing laboratory in Auburn Hills, MI, solidifying our commitment to driving excellence in EV battery and system solutions,” said Dr Johannes Bussmann, CEO & Chairman of the Board of Management of TÜV SÜD.

“With our cutting-edge facility and unwavering dedication to safety, reliability, and sustainability, TÜV SÜD is at the forefront of shaping the future of the mobility industry. Through our $44M investment, TÜV SÜD’s largest ever in a laboratory site, we will continue to innovate and accelerate the transition towards a cleaner and more sustainable transportation ecosystem,” s

“We are proud to inaugurate our new environmental laboratory in Auburn Hills, MI, which demonstrates our commitment to driving excellence in the Electric Vehicle ecosystem including batteries, components and system solutions. Leveraging TÜV SÜD’s expertise from our global battery laboratory network, we have established this unrivaled testing facility in North America which will also facilitate the deployment of essential Charging Infrastructure and Energy Storage Solutions. This laboratory enables TÜV SÜD to provide cutting-edge solutions to our customers that meet the evolving needs and sustainability requirements and enables the safe and secure adoption of these essential technologies,” added Ishan Palit, COO and Member of the Board of Management of TÜV SÜD.

“We thank our partners in the state of Michigan, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the City of Auburn Hills, the government of Oakland County, Michigan and the Detroit Regional Partnership,” said Dr. Fabian Schober, CEO of TÜV SÜD America.

“Our focus on safety and reliability is paramount in the development and validation of EV batteries and systems. Electrification transforms the mobility industry and presents major opportunities in all vehicle segments. Our passion for sustainability drives us to deliver innovative solutions that support the transition towards a more sustainable and eco-friendly future,” Dr Fabian Schober explains.

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