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: “Innovative materials to reduce weight and higher energy density in batteries are the biggest challenges in automotive design and development at present. The objectives are to increase range while decreasing the consumption of power and resources at the same time. At our new crash test centre, we can offer our clients ideal test services – from crash tests on compound materials to dummy tests aimed at further improving passenger safety.”

The new test hall covers a floor area of 1,000 square metres for testing a variety of crash scenarios, including front, rear and side-on crashes on stationary, rigid or deformable obstacles and tests to investigate the impact of deceleration. The test centre also has a facility for brake intervention, on which approval-relevant tests can be performed for various vehicle components, such as electric energy storage systems or restraint systems.

Website: www.tuev-sued.de/e-mobility

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