TÜV Süd expands test portfolio for electric vehicles

October 15, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Munich-based testing and certification company TÜV Süd has acquired a crash test centre for automotive tests. With the move, the company which hast vast activities in the automotive sector, expands its assets dedicated to testing e-cars including batteries.

TÜV Süd bought the test facilities from services provider Key Safety Systems. The centre, located in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich, includes a hall with an area of 1.000 square metres (about 10.800 square feet) where TÜV Süd plans to offer dynamic tests for electric cars and other vehicles. The test equipment enables the TÜV Süd engineers to perform sled tests at speeds of up to 80 kph, system crashs, dummy tests, climatic chambers, shock testers and more. Scenarios that can be tested include multiple variants of front, rear and side crashes with impact against fixed, rigid or deformable obstacles.

With the move, TÜV Sued is expanding its test options for electric vehicles, and in particular their battery systems. In particular the batteries for electric vehicles have been involved in spectacular accidents in the past where the battery caught fire and confronted firefighters with major problems. During accidents frequently also the electric high-voltage connections are damaged or interrupted and any attempt to touch these connections can be extremely dangerous. With the crash tests, the automotive industry hopes to gain data that could serve to make batteries safer.