Lithium Ion Battery Safety Tests to Become Stricter

Lithium Ion Battery Safety Tests to Become Stricter

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the U.S. company responsible for developing product safety tests, is revamping the lithium-ion battery standards.

Over the past couple of years, lithium-ion batteries being used in vehicles and airplanes have gathered negative attention over failures leading to fires. The company has stated that it has developed a more rigorous test in hopes of preventing short circuits inside the battery cell that can lead to a fire. In addition, UL is refining the safety and testing standards for larger batteries used in vehicles.

Since March 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has documented over 350 fires related to lithium-ion batteries. UL has been working with officials at NASA and Oak Ridge National Laboratories to develop its internal short test.

The global market for lithium-ion batteries is expected to double by 2016 as more and more hybrid and electric vehicles rely on the technology.

[Source: Automotive News]

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