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IEC 62133 - Testing for Automotive Lithium Ion Batteries

Safety standard for lithium ion batteries

Ensure the Safety and Reliability of Electric Cars

The largest demand for lithium-ion batteries from 2020-2030 will be for electric vehicles (EV) including the classifications of the Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV).

Lithium batteries when transported or amplified by extreme temperature exposures pose an environmental risk and is both a chemical and electrical hazard. To address safety standards for lithium ion battery products, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 62133- was introduced.

Testing Capabilities

IEC 62133 defines the requirements and tests for secondary cells and batteries containing alkaline or other non-acid electrolytes and the batteries made from them. The standard IEC 62133 distinguishes between nickel and lithium-ion cells and batteries. For lithium-ion cells and batteries IEC 62133 contains the following single tests:

  • 7.3.1 External Short-Circuit (cell)
  • 7.32 External Short -Circuit (battery)
  • 7.3.3 Free Fall
  • 7.3.4 Crush (cells)
  • 7.3.6 Over-Charging of battery
  • 7.3.7 Forced Discharge (cells)
  • 7.3.8 Mechanical Test (batteries)

TUV SUD Canada’s Abuse Testing Facility in Newmarket about 40km north of Toronto is fully capable of handling all cell, module and pack level abuse testing.

Accreditation

TÜV SÜD’s automotive EMC labs are accredited to ISO 17025 and can help ensure your automotive electrical/electronic systems and sub-assemblies comply with global OEM and industry EMC standards.

TÜV SÜD is an accredited National Certification Body (NCB) and CB Test Lab (CBTL) for IEC 62133 and can provide a CB Test Report and CB Test Certificate.

Other Lithium-Ion Testing Services

The second edition of IEC 62133-2:2017 has removed some of the requirements that are covered by UN/DOT 38.3 such as vibration, mechanical shock and low-pressure altitude simulation. All lithium-ion batteries are required to undergo testing to UN 38.3 prior to shipping. These test subject batteries and cells to conditions they would experience during shipping and handling, including extreme temperature conditions, shock, impact and short circuit testing to ensure the stability of batteries and cells. Learn more about TÜV SÜD’s UN/DOT 38.3 compliance services.

In addition to lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles, IEC 62133 also covers the requirements for lithium-ion batteries commonly used in electronics and alkaline batteries. Click here to learn more about TÜV SÜD’s battery testing services.

Automotive Testing

TÜV SÜD’s comprehensive testing and certification services ensure you comply with all major industry standards. Our global network of testing labs and industry experts use the latest industry methods to support all necessary OEM Design Verification Plan and Report (DVP&R) requirements for materials, durability, shock & vibration, electrical, and EMC performance testing. TÜV SÜD is your single source for testing and certification services that will accelerate your time to global markets.

In addition to meeting OEM requirements for automotive component testing and compliance automotive testing ensures maximum safety for customers and protects brand reputation protection. Product testing can provide early detection of faults, enabling manufacturers to improve products and secure their reputation as a provider of quality components.

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