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TUV Enlarges Battery Test Facility In Shenzhen

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COLOGNE, Germany – To meet the requirements of the fast growing market of (among others) e-Bikes, TV Rheinland Group China has established a testing service for batteries in South China. Tests for lithium and lithium-ion batteries according to the recently published industrial standard Batso 01 are performed at the new

TUV Enlarges Battery Test Facility In Shenzhen

COLOGNE, Germany – To meet the requirements of the fast growing market of (among others) e-Bikes, TÜV Rheinland Group China has established a testing service for batteries in South China. Tests for lithium and lithium-ion batteries according to the recently published industrial standard Batso 01 are performed at the new battery laboratory in Shenzhen.

“We can support manufacturers, importers and retailers of e-Bike batteries by offering a wide range of tests”, says Timm Schernau from TÜV Rheinland Group China. “Besides testing according to Batso 01 (Battery Safety Organization), we also offer the mandatory tests as required by the United Nations for the shipping of dangerous goods”.

First battery testing in early 2009

Since the publication of Batso 01 Manual in Hsinchu, Taiwan, on March 18, 2008, the Batso team has received more than 100 inquiries for battery testing from all over the world, especially from companies in the US, Europe, P.R. of China and Taiwan. According to Hannes Neupert of the cooperation partner ExtraEnergy e.V., “the first batteries will be tested according to the Batso 01 Manual in early 2009”.

The 44-pages Batso 01 manual specifies testing methods and requirements for secondary lithium batteries for the safe application in light electric vehicles. “Standardized testing methods and Batso labelled batteries will make it easier for everyone involved in the e-Bike business to find and utilize safer batteries”, says Batso initiator Hannes Neupert.

The aim of Batso is to increase safety of new battery technologies. The number of larger lithium batteries is rising very quickly. According to Takeshida, Japan, the worldwide sales of lithium-ion batteries exceeded US$ 5 billion in 2007 and this will double in 2010. Recent estimates by ExtraEnergy e.V. sales of e-Bikes are to reach 400,000 units in Europe in 2010, with Germany and the Netherlands having a combined sale of 270,000 units. Approximately 180,000 of these will be equipped with Lithium batteries.

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