A ‘definite’ International Standard setting out the safety requirements for voltage class A & voltage class B removable lithium-ion battery (packs and) systems will be unveiled within a month.
The 2016 standard, named EN 50604-1:2016, focuses on traction batteries of, or for, electric vehicles and relates to the testing of the safety performance of battery packs and systems.
The standard will enable the setting up a dedicated test plan for an individual battery pack/system subject to an agreement between customer and supplier.
The standard will apply to all battery systems intended to be used in conjunction with products or systems described in IEC 61851-3 series.
It will, however, not apply to lithium cells, batteries other than lithium-ion types, primary batteries (including lithium types), and batteries covered by ISO 12405 series.
Annette van den Worm, a spokesperson for Netherlands standards organisation NEN, a representing body of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) in the Netherlands, said: “As far as we can see for the time being, the status for now is still a draft version, however it looks that very soon the definite standard of 2016 will be published very soon and should be presented/introduced on Eurobike in September 2016.”
The standards will be published is due to be introduced during Eurobike bicycle trade fair and the beginning of September.