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Safety in a New Era of Electrified Personal Transport.
More than 200,000 people descended upon Las Vegas for the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the biggest tech trade show of the year and, historically, a launching pad for the latest innovations in consumer electronics, next-generation vehicles and emerging technologies. From smartphones, laptops and game consoles to electric vehicles, hoverboards and drones – the trade show floor is chock-full of electronics powered by lithium-ion battery systems.
With the global market for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries projected to reach $11.9 billion in annual sales by 2020, this technology has evolved over the past 25 years. It now packs in more energy and yields longer life cycles, making it an ideal energy source for transforming the way we learn, work, play and travel. In noting trends for this year’s 50th anniversary CES, PC Magazine offered that “also hot will be personal transportation devices, like hoverboards and different variations on the idea of giving people new forms of personal transportation options.”
The benefits of new technologies can come with some risks especially if they are not properly mitigated from the get-go. That’s why it’s critical to acknowledge the safety challenges of an advanced energy system such as lithium-ion batteries.
In an effort to proactively address these challenges and globally support the rapid adoption of personal e-transportation technologies, UL recently announced new and updated standards, establishing a baseline of common expectations for their safe use and shipment. The complete suite of e-transportation standards includes:
“UL is working with e-mobility and UAV manufacturers, retailers, importers and distributers around the world to evaluate and test the safety of lithium-battery powered devices before they enter the marketplace,” says Ibrahim Jilani, Global Business Development Leader for Energy Systems & e-Mobility at UL. “We want to work together with industry to help get people and cargo from one place to another in a clean, efficient and safe way.”