TÜV SÜD buys a crash test centre for EV development

TÜV SÜD buys a crash test centre for EV development

TÜV SÜD further expands its test portfolio for electric vehicles

By acquiring a crash test centre located in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich, Southern Germany, TUV has continued to expand its portfolio of services for the electromobility industry. In the future, the test centre – which has a floor space of 1,000 square metres – will offer all types of dynamic tests needed in areas including the design and development of electric vehicles.

Sled tests at speeds of up to 80 km/h and maximum loads of 2,000 kg, system crashes, dummy tests, climatic test chambers, shock testing systems and much more besides: the new crash test centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, Southern Germany, which TÜV SÜD Battery Testing GmbH acquired from Key Safety Systems this week, enables the experts to increase their portfolio of services for the design and development of safe electric vehicles.

In addition to the comprehensive tests carried out in their battery test centres, the e-mobility experts now also offer the entire range of dynamic tests. The acquisition took place against the backdrop of the increasing popularity of lightweight materials in automotive engineering and promotion of the large-scale spread of electric vehicles.

Volker Blandow, Global Head of e-Mobility at TÜV SÜD, says: (more…)

Toyota i-Road not just a crazy concept: you can rent one

Toyota i-Road not just a crazy concept: you can rent one

Toyota has announced the introduction of the i-Road personal mobility concept to the “Ha:mo” urban transport system trials in Japan. The concept, which made its début at 2012 Geneva motor show, will be used alongside existing Toyota COMS personal mobility vehicles from early 2014.

In other words: this is more than a crazy concept, it’s actually going to be in use in Japan. Users will be able to rent and return vehicles at 17 new locations from October, an increase from the four currently in operation.

Much like the Nissan Zero Emission concept, this is a vehicle which fills a niche that currently doesn’t really exist: another manufacturer using the electric vehicle revolution to re-invent personal transport?

The overall concept of e-mobility makes a great deal of sense – long-term it’s not enough to replace combustion vehicles with EVs and ULEVs, we should be looking at personal transport from the ground up, and using technology to connect all modes of transport and reduce our overall energy consumption at every stage. But I’m still not convinced that niche, impractical little vehicles like these are where the OEMs need to be focussing their efforts right now.

Trying to engage the public towards EVs as a (more…)