TÜV SÜD acquires crash test centre for electromobility testing
As an international leader in e-Mobility testing services, TÜV SÜD Battery Testing GmbH is continuously expanding its portfolio of services and testing capabilities to meet the current and emerging needs of the electromobility industry. Most notable among these expansion efforts is the 2013 acquisition of a crash test facility located in Oberphaffenhofen, near Munich, Germany.
Formerly owned and operated by Key Safety Systems, the 1000 square meter facility includes the latest motor vehicle testing technology. Testing capabilities include sled testing at speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour and at loads of up to 2000 kilograms, as well as system crash testing, dummy testing, shock testing, climactic testing and more. This technology allows TÜV SÜD testing specialists to conduct a complete range of dynamic tests under a variety of crash scenarios, such as front, rear and side-on crashes on stationary, rigid or deformable obstacles, and tests designed to investigate the impact of deceleration.
The new test facility is also equipped to conduct brake intervention testing, in which relevant tests can be performed on various vehicle components, such as electrical energy storage systems or restraint systems.
According to Volker Blandow, Global Head of e-Mobility at TÜV SÜD, the newly acquired testing capabilities are especially critical as lighter-weight materials are being used to increase vehicle energy efficiency and performance. “Innovative materials to reduce weight and higher energy density in batteries are today’s biggest challenges in automotive design and development,” said Blandow. “With the acquisition of this facility, we can offer our automotive clients a complete range of testing services, from crash tests on compound materials to dummy tests aimed at further improving the level of passenger safety.”