UL announced that it is establishing a large-scale electric vehicle (EV) battery laboratory to support the growing EV market. To be fully operational by April 2020 and located in Changzhou, China, the facility will provide comprehensive EV battery testing and advisory services for EV automotive and battery manufacturers as well as top suppliers.

The laboratory will help manufacturers and suppliers better manage battery safety risks and quality, and improve battery performance and functional safety while providing UL’s deep industry know-how in energy, safety, and cybersecurity. Tests will focus on battery safety, charging systems, grid integration and provide EV and power battery manufacturers with reliability verification, functional safety of battery management system, as well as V2G charging, power grid integration, repurposing batteries, energy storage system and functional safety services—all within a single lab. Combined, this will empower UL customers with shorter development cycles, a faster time-to-market with the ability to be more competitive in the global marketplace and the opportunity to continue to grow and thrive.

UL’s EV battery laboratory will further expand UL’s testing capabilities and strategic scope within the EV industry, and also demonstrates UL’s commitment and vision to the EV market to provide professional and holistic service solutions for EV manufacturers.