Malfunctions could have fatal consequences for occupants and other persons involved along with rescue teams. Testing and certification by the VDE Institute ensures trouble-free mobility, irrespective of whether the engine is electric or fuel-powered. Data security and external vulnerability are also tested in the form of cyber and IT security tests in the overall system that includes the charging infrastructure, charging stations and wall boxes. At the same time, the customer also benefits from the VDE’s decades of experience, which can always introduce the latest knowledge and trends into tests through active participation in national and international standardization bodies. The VDE Institute is the most competent, first-choice point of contact both during a product’s early development phase and for final approval (validation) tests and subsequent market surveillance activities.
Mobility and charging infrastructure - Testing and Certification at the VDE Institute
The electronics in the automobile and in the charging infrastructure must work reliably without interference and furthermore be absolutely safe, of course. Battery and control management, along with the utilized plug connectors, switches and wires, must ensure vehicle safety, even during and after an accident.
Testing and certifying vehicles, their components and the charging infrastructure
When it comes to vehicles, we test the following products, among other things
With regard to the charging infrastructure, we test the following products, among others
We offer these and other services for testing and certification of conventional vehicles and electric vehicles
VDE - recognized partner for motor vehicles and electromobility
Due to this appointment by the KBA, the VDE Institute can perform tests on electric vehicles for obtaining the e1 mark. They are based on the Highway Traffic Act (Straßenverkehrszulassungsordnung), the Vehicle Parts Act (Fahrzeugteileverordnung), the European Community’s guidelines and regulations along with regulations according to the Agreement of the Economic Commission for a United Nations of Europe (ECE regulations).
VDE – Conformity evaluation body for measuring devices and additional equipment in the electromobility application field
The VDE Institute is one of the few conformity assessment bodies that is recognized by the BMWi for the “Measuring devices and additional equipment in the electromobility application field” measuring device category. We support manufacturers in placing charging stations and wallboxes on the market in order to use them in the billing systems of charge point operators (CPOs) or downstream electromobility providers (EMPs) in compliance with calibration law.
Pedelecs and E-Bikes
Retailers and consumers are increasingly requiring that electric vehicles be safe to operate and pose no danger both to the driver and their environment. To ensure safety, pedelecs and e-bikes not only need to meet the mechanical requirements of a bicycle. Furthermore, electrical components must be tested for safety, from the motor and battery to the cables and wires and even the switches.
The VDE Institute offers all these tests from a single source of experts with decades of experience.
We test and certify the following product characteristics, among others:
- Chemical tests (PAK, RoHS II, REACH, etc.)
- Battery testing according to DIN EN 62133, UN 38.3
- Electric safety
- Functional safety, risk Analysis
- Minimum requirements for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
- Production control, shipment control
- Testing according to DIN EN 15194 (Bicycles - EPACs or electrically power assisted cycles)
- Testing EMC and the charging device’s electrical safety
Functional safety of mobile machines
Mobile machines in this context are battery-powered motor sport devices such as e-bikes, hoverboards or even civilian drones. Since they are used in public spaces by users who mostly lack prior professional knowledge, they are subject to high safety requirements.
Functional safety tests verify that the vehicle is safe under defined conditions. They include predictable misuse, the error rates of critical parts and systematic errors in development and production. Furthermore, compliance with the CE declaration of conformity is reviewed. This ensures that the manufacturer and distributing company have performed their due diligence.