July 6th, 2021 – Lithion Battery has received confirmation from renowned test agency, DEKRA, of a successful completion of ECE R100 Revision 2 testing on both the 12 Volt and 24 Volt models of Valence’s U-Charge® U27 lithium ion batteries.
Lithion acquired Valence in late 2020 and has embarked on a mission-oriented certification strategy that will encompass Valence and next generation products. Evolving battery products include a range of high energy, cost-effective battery solutions manufactured in North America at Lithion’s brand new state-of-the art, 80,000 sq/ft facility located in Henderson, Nevada, USA.
Lithion has employed a strategy of testing, where possible, at the module-only level - that is without the protective aid of the Valence Battery Management System (BMS - which is designed to provide system level protection through contactors and other safety devices). Successfully passing R100 tests without a BMS demonstrates the inherent safety of Valence U-Charge modules. This outcome provides our customers confidence of the safety and suitability of Valence U-Charge Lithium ion battery modules, making them ideally suited to meet the rigors of commercial EV applications.
To address customer challenges, Lithion will continue to undergo testing to assist them through the arduous ECE R100 Revision 2 type approvals, mandatory for battery powered vehicles. This cost and time saving approach eliminates the need for our customers to repeat these tests during the final sign-off on their vehicles, which can dramatically reduce OEM time to market. Comprehensive assessment includes: vibration testing, thermal shock testing, fire resistance (immersion in fuel fire), over-temperature, over-charge and over-discharge testing.
“We are very excited to make this significant announcement, in conjunction with our approvals partner DEKRA”, states Brian Dargan, Managing Director, Lithion Battery EMEA. “These recent tests demonstrate the intrinsic safety of our Valence brand and speak to the decades of successful customer experiences with our battery module design. Customers have told us that by utilizing Valence battery modules, they expect to see a combination of reduced costs and shortened timeframe in their vehicle EV certification process for their commercial EV applications."
DEKRA has been active in the field of safety for more than 90 years. DEKRA is a global leader in testing and certification with 43,000 employees worldwide.
About Lithion Battery
Lithion Battery is a lithium battery specialist and a subsidiary of the Lithion Power Group which is globally headquartered in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Lithion’s European business has facilities in the Netherlands along with Belfast, UK. Lithion is building a brand new 80,000 sq ft manufacturing facility dedicated to automated cell and module assembly.
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