UL opens European EV charging test centre

UL opens European EV charging test centre

By Nick Flaherty

The UL EV charging test centre in Neu-Isenburg includes charging infrastructure components and functional safety testing and certification as well as homologation services. UL says this adds significantly more testing capacity to the European market and empowers the electric vehicle charging industry, including EV charging and component manufacturers, infrastructure owners and start-ups with shorter development cycles.

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) says at least 2.8 million public EV charging ports will be needed by 2030 across Europe which will drive the need for more lab capacity and certification.

The new facility also provides vehicle to grid (V2G) testing up to 250kW for energy storage and distributed energy resource applications and allows EVs to integrate into the utility grid and serve as grid back-up power for home, buildings and other uses.

The testing facilities addressing different types of charging used around the world, from AC cable assembly for regular household outlet and AC portable EV supply equipment with in-cable control and protection device to AC chargers with wall boxes and ground mounted chargers in residential or public space and DC charging wall boxes and stations up to 350 kW.

The centre can also certify system for the US with Level 1 and Level 2 for AC charging up to 12 kW and DC Level 1 and 2 (Level 3) for DC fast charging up to 350 kW

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The facility offers EV simulators with full power capabilities for DC fast charger testing, bidirectional EV chargers, dual test bay scenarios and for servicing large commercial vehicles and ultrafast EV charging applications. The facility also provides the convenience and capability in the local area to work directly with UL throughout every step of the testing and certification process – from sending prototypes to witnessing of testing and identifying construction related compliance issues before production.

“With conducive EV policies and with public acceptance and use of electric vehicles on the rise, these factors point to the increasing need to charge more vehicles, charge them faster and charge them more conveniently – placing an increased focus on battery and charging performance and safety,” said Milan Dotlich, general manager and vice president of UL’s Energy and Industrial Automation division. “UL’s investment in the Frankfurt EV charging test facility demonstrates our commitment to global markets as well as new and developing standards. It also equips us to better support municipal utility infrastructure, European EV charging companies and automotive OEMs to fast-track their project fulfillment – allowing them ultimately to quickly meet this rising demand.”

As a third-party partner with deep expertise in EV battery and charging standards in North America and internationally, UL is able to provide European OEMs with market access in the region.

“Many significant developments in electric vehicle charging are taking place globally and in Europe with demands from end users and new technological solutions pushing the infrastructure to do more and do it faster than before. This evolution is leading to new and innovative thinking, especially for safety requirements,” said Mirko Bautz, regional vice president for Europe Central-East and South. “The global acceptance of the UL Mark paired with dedicated local technical expertise and technical competency means that the European market now has a comprehensive test center in Europe for safety, electrical and compliance testing towards UL certification of innovative EV charging products and systems.”

The UL EV Charging Test Center in Germany is part of UL’s global network of EV testing laboratories located in China and the US for regulatory standards such as IEC, EN standards for CE declarations in Europe, CHAdeMO in Japan and Energy Star Efficiency labelling in the US. 

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