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Automotive and E-Mobility

Electronic components in the automotive industry have to work faultlessly, an important requirement, if it concerns the safety of the vehicle. Battery and control management as well as the used cables and cords have to ensure the safety of the vehicle, of course.

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Tobias Daum

Testing and certification in the automotive industry

In environmental simulation processes the automotive components will be put to the test. In addition the general behaviour of the vehicle concerning its electromagnetic compatibility is determined.

In combination with the substantial testing possibilities, even during the development phase, the VDE Institute offers its competency for tests according to the Automotive Directive and according to manufacturer specifications.

The VDE Institute tests and certifies following products

  • Electronic components / automotive electronic
  • Automotive cables and cords
  • Battery and Control Management
  • Operation Panels
  • Navigation and Audio Systems
  • ESP and ABS Units
  • Servo drives and Control Elements
  • Microwave cooking appliances for trucks and mobile homes

Our service offer

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  • Safety tests for automotive cables and cords
  • Safety tests for Battery Management
  • Safety, material and environmental tests for electronic components
  • Electromagnetic compatibility of electronic components and concerning the general behaviour of the vehicle according to the automotive directive (KBA)

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Pedelcs und E-Bikes

VDE-certified Pedelecs and E-Bikes

On the part of retailers and consumers increases a demand for pedelecs to be safe to operate and to pose no danger to the driver or to the environment. In order to determine safety, a pedelec not only has to comply with the mechanical requirements for a bicycle, but its electronic components, from the battery, cables and wires to the switches, must be tested for safety.

Pedelcs und E-Bikes

On the part of retailers and consumers increases a demand for pedelecs to be safe to operate and to pose no danger to the driver or to the environment. In order to determine safety, a pedelec not only has to comply with the mechanical requirements for a bicycle, but its electronic components, from the battery, cables and wires to the switches, must be tested for safety.

The VDE Institute tests and certifies pedelecs and e-bikes with respect to electrical, mechanical and chemical safety.

Product properties tested include the following:

  • Mechanical operational stability and mechanical functions of the bicycle
  • Service life tests on safety-relevant mechanical components
  • Minimum requirements for electronic equipment
  • Minimum requirements for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
  • Electrical safety in accordance with EN 60335-1, where charging must be considered unsupervised operation
  • Comparison of braking forces
  • Production inspection
  • Functional safety
  • Chemical PAH test

The following requirements and standards, among others, form the underlying basis:

  • Relevant and respective parts of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
  • DIN EN 15194
  • DIN EN 62133:2003 and UN Transport Condition [Chapter] 38.3

Efficient testing procedures

The VDE has developed cutting-edge and efficient testing procedures that can realistically determine the service life of a pedelec. These efficient and effictive testing procedures are facilitated, for example, through high operating loads in which intensity and frequency with mechanical load tests is structered in such a way that the are scientifically recognized and fulfill the state of technology.

The product is awarded the VDE Mark once the test has been successfully passed. This mark ensures that the product complies with national, European, and international requirements.

The VDE Mark helps retailers and consumers make important purchasing decisions and indicates safety and quality. Quality or safety defects can have serious consequences even for pedelecs.

The VDE Institute also tests electrical components, cables and wires, batteries and electromagnetic compatibility for other electric bikes such as s-pedelecs or e-scooters.

In terms of testing electric cars, the VDE Institute has been notified as a technical service by the German Bureau of Motor Vehicles [Kraftfahrtbundesamt (KBA)] and is thus able to award the e-mark.

The European type approval can also be obtained for e-bikes that are subject to approval as long as they comply with the requirements.

Electric Mobility

To support the pre-competitively organized cooperation at key issues of electric mobility VDE advises the standardization of test procedures during the development. Among other things they enable quick benchmark tests between different system solutions and facilitate the quick and independent development work for the component manufacturers.

To support the pre-competitively organized cooperation at key issues of electric mobility VDE advises the standardization of test procedures during the development. Among other things they enable quick benchmark tests between different system solutions and facilitate the quick and independent development work for the component manufacturers.

Especially for the electric mobility we offer test and certification services for the following areas:

  • lithium-ion) batteries with or without battery management system

           - safety tests, transport tests
           - performance tests
           - damage tests
           - up to 1,000 V / 250 A (resp. 500 A)

  • fuel cells
  • battery charging systems and EDLC
  • joining and connection technology, connectors (loading systems)
  • switching elements, e.g. relays, switches
  • charging connectors
  • detectors and inverters
  • cables and cords
  • tests and construction checks during development
  • EMC tests up to the complete vehicle for KBA license (e-marking)
  • acoustic measurements (class 1 referential space), incl. locating of acoustic source
  • chemical tests
  • environmental tests
  • life cycle assessment
  • audits of

           - products

           - processes
           - systems

  • safety of lithium-ion batteries: joint research project of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the innovation alliance “Lithium Ion Battery LIB 2015”

Downloads

Batteries, Accumulators and Fuel Cells

PDF 264 KB

Nomination as a technical service of category A and D (document in German)

PDF 396 KB

VDE-certified pedelecs and e-bikes that are subject to registration

PDF 379 KB