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Personal e-Mobility Testing and Certification

Evaluating the safety of next-generation e-mobility devices

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Overview

We can help confirm that your personal e-mobility devices meet critical safety requirements by testing and evaluating the electrical drive train system, battery system and charger system combinations. We also provide you with electrical and fire safety certification. With the expanding global popularity of these e-transportation devices, helping ensure their safe operation is a vital step in protecting consumers and your brand.

ANSI/CAN/UL 2272 Standard for Electrical Systems for Personal E-Mobility Devices, covers:

  • An extended list of products for personal e-mobility, including e-skateboards and all pathway e-scooters. (These are single-rider, nonroadworthy, typically stand-when-operating devices.)
  • UL 2272 is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Standards Council of Canada (SCC) accredited national Standard in the U.S. and Canada. Evaluating and certifying to this single, binational UL Standard simplifies your certification process.

The Standard does not evaluate for the operator’s ability to maintain control while riding.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is highly focused on battery-powered transportation after the hoverboard, self-balancing scooter, incidents in recent years. In a letter dated Feb. 22, 2018, from Robert S. Kaye, director of the Office of Compliance and Field Operations, to manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers, he wrote, “I am writing to urge you to ensure that the self-balancing scooters (also known as hoverboards) you manufacture, import, distribute or sell in the United States comply with current voluntary safety standards, including all referenced standards and requirements contained in the latest revision of UL 2272.” In a CPSC Feb. 12, 2018, status report on high-energy density batteries, UL 2272 is also listed as the electric system safety Standard for personal e-mobility devices.

Outside the U.S. as well, there has been a call from government regulators to comply with UL 2272. On Sept. 10, 2018, the Singapore Land Transit Authority (LTA) announced, “For public safety, we intend to require all motorized PMDs [personal mobility devices] intended for use on public paths to conform to the UL 2272 Standard. We intend to prohibit retailers from selling motorized PMDs which are not UL 2272 compliant from July 2019 onwards.”

Singapore’s consumer safety website reads, “There has been a sharp increase in the number of fires caused by motorized PMDs over the past few years. To minimize fire incidents and improve public safety, LTA is adopting the UL 2272 Standard for fire and electrical safety for all PMDs from 1 January 2021. Non-UL 2272 certified e-scooters purchased after 30 June 2019 cannot be registered or transferred. Non-UL2272 certified e-scooters purchased on or before 30 June 2019 may be registered and used on public paths until 31 Dec 2020, after which they will be automatically deregistered and may no longer be used on public paths.”

As e-scooters are increasingly popularized through ride-sharing service companies, it is important to verify UL certification on equipment, whether you are a consumer choosing to ride or a ride-share provider.

European support

We support the following standards for e-bikes within the European market:

  • EN 15194
  • EN 50604-1 for light ev batteries and/or EN 62133-2 for portable or auxiliary system batteries
  • 2014/30/EU for EMC
  • 2011/65/EU/ for RoHS
  • 2014/53/EU (RED) – If radio technologies are used in the device
  • Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC for Product Safety
  • Draft ISO 4210-10 for e-bikes to become EN standard in 2020 or 2021

We support the following standards for e-scooters and other e-mobility devices within the European market:

  • IEC/EN 60335-1 and/or IEC 60335-2-114
  • EN 50604-1 for light ev batteries and/or EN 62133-2 for portable or auxiliary system batteries
  • 2014/30/EU for EMC
  • 2011/65/EU/ for RoHS
  • 2014/53/EU (RED) – If radio technologies are used in the device
  • Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC for Product Safety
  • Draft EN 17128 for personal light electric vehicles to become EN standard in 2020 or 2021
     

Why UL

Our expert engineers apply their decades of experience to the testing and evaluating ofthe electrical drive train system, battery system and charger system combinations, providing you with electrical and fire safety certification. With the expanding global popularity of these e-transportation devices, our global reach and local acumen will help you gain access to markets around the world.

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