SAE forms committee to write battery standards

  • 18-Nov-2009 10:36 EST
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A technician at a Compact Power facility tests the power output of a prototype lithium-ion battery cell manufactured for an automotive OEM customer.

The continued development of advanced battery technologies will play a critical role as vehicle manufacturers increase the availability of hybrid-electric vehicles and amp up efforts to commercialize vehicles that rely largely or fully on the battery as a propulsion power source, according to SAE International. To help standardize development, SAE is forming a Vehicle Battery Standards Committee.

“We, along with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance) and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM), recognize the importance that batteries and battery technology play in the design and development of new vehicles,” said David L. Schutt, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, SAE International. "SAE International has long been at the forefront of standards development, and we feel that this committee will fill a crucial need in the development of this technology."

The battery committee initially will focus on standardizing battery performance and safety, and it will ensure harmonization with other standards-development activities in the U.S. and around the world.

"AIAM members look forward to the opportunity to participate in the new SAE Vehicle Battery Standards Committee,” said Michael J. Stanton, President and CEO of AIAM. “The work of this committee will be of great value to vehicle and battery manufacturers and, in particular, will help assure appropriate levels of safety are incorporated into battery systems for vehicle propulsion.”

The SAE Vehicle Battery Standards Committee will report to the SAE Motor Vehicle Council, which is responsible for development of all passenger-car, light-duty-truck, and van standards within SAE International.

“The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers fully supports the creation by SAE of a new Vehicle Battery Standards Committee,” said the Alliance's Robert Strassburger, Vice President of Safety and Harmonization. "This is consistent with SAE's traditional role of drawing together leading industry experts to develop standards that help guide the auto industry with state-of-the-art design practices. Advanced battery technology is one of the most important technical issues being addressed by Alliance members today. SAE's involvement will complement Alliance members' actions already in place to develop electric vehicle technologies with a high level of safety."

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