BSI, in its role as the UK National Standards Body, has published two standards as part of the Faraday Battery Challenge Standardization Programme to assist in the development of a sustainable supply chain for electric vehicle battery manufacturing in the United Kingdom and to assist in the preparation for the phase-out of diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles by the year 2030. These standards are intended to help support the United Kingdom’s capability to operate electric vehicles.
The new standards provide guidance on health, safety, and environmental concerns that should be taken into account during the manufacturing and use of batteries. They also serve as a foundation for innovation and make it possible for consistent practices to be used in the production of batteries and the advancement of battery technology. They will help the sector by delivering good practice and efficiency as it works towards its self-sufficient battery production objective in 2035, while also supporting the UK’s larger transport decarbonization and Net Zero by 2050 aspirations. This will be accomplished.
Electric Vehicles – Safe and environmentally-conscious design and use of batteries – Guide1 is a document that provides guidance for the health, safety, and environmental considerations that must be taken into account during the process of vehicle design, battery integration, and battery use for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) (PHEVs).
It is hoped that by doing so, efficiencies would be created in the cycle of vehicle manufacture, risks associated with batteries now in use will be mitigated, the re-use and recycling of batteries will be optimized, and eventually, public confidence in EVs and PHEVs will increase. It discusses issues pertaining to general health, safety, competence, and the influence on the environment that are involved in the design and usage of vehicles, and it offers a special emphasis on the car manufacturing, repair, recycling, and health data processes.
Electric vehicle battery cells – Health and safety, environmental and quality management considerations in cell manufacturing and finished cell – Code of practice is a document that provides recommendations for the health and safety, fire and environmental performance, and quality management in the manufacture of battery cells for electrically-propelled vehicles. One example of such a cell is the lithium-ion liquid electrolyte cell. The new standard is intended to develop a uniform understanding and method regarding the production and use of electric vehicle (EV) battery cells. “These new PAS will support UK battery manufacturing capability and the future supply chain for Electric Vehicles,” said Nick Fleming, head of mobility and transport standards at BSI. “This in turn can make an important contribution to the decarbonization of the transport sector and meeting Net Zero ambitions,” Fleming added. Consumers will have more faith in the safety of electric vehicle battery technology as a result of the new guidelines since they will help to encourage proper design, manufacturing, and handling practices, which will safeguard both people and the environment.
“Codifying what we know collectively in the UK about the safe production of batteries from cells to cars will allow the UK to consolidate and expand a sustainable, wealthy, and productive cutting-edge sector here,” said Tony Harper, director of the Faraday Battery Challenge. These publicly published specs are a tribute to the quality of the engineers working in the UK, both in terms of their professional abilities and their ethical standards. To guarantee that the United Kingdom has the standards and the knowledge base that we need, we will continue to establish and engage with BSI.
Two distinct steering groups2 comprised of technical experts from organizations in the battery manufacturing and automotive sectors, regulatory agencies, members of the UK research and development community, and consumer interest committees worked together to produce the standards.
As part of the government’s larger commitment of £317 million to solve the productivity gap in the UK electric vehicle industry, the Faraday Battery Challenge Standardization Programme is being carried out with the assistance of UK Research and Innovation. In an expanding sector that is expected to be worth an estimated £5 billion in the UK and £50 billion throughout Europe by 2025, the guidelines are designed to assist scale-up and enhance the manufacture, safe usage, and recycling of batteries in the United Kingdom.