Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), the Ministry of Industry and Thailand Automotive Institute (TAI) held the Ground-breaking Ceremony for the Electric Vehicle Battery Testing Center which will be operating in 2020 with the first fully integrated battery safety and standard testing services in ASEAN with international standards, UNECE R100 and R136 and to be the forefront of the electric vehicle industry development in the region.
TAI is the agency which has been accredited by the laboratory of ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 from TISI to be a testing unit for automotive and auto parts standards as specified and continuously develop the Testing and Research Center to enhance the capability to support the next-generation automotive industry in the future. Establishing the Electric Vehicle Battery Testing Center under the support of TISI, the Ministry of Industry and TÜV SÜD target to push the next-generation automotive and auto parts industry to be a sustainable forefront of ASEAN.
Mr.Wanchai Panomchai, Secretary General of TISI presided over the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Electric Vehicle Battery Testing Center at Automotive and Tyre Testing, Research and Innovation Center (ATTRIC), Sanam Chai Khet, Chachoengsao. He said that the production of automotive industry is currently transforming to “Next-Generation Automotive Industry” by focusing on the electric vehicles production with environmental friendliness. And TISI’s mission to upgrade the domestic industrial product standards and accreditation according to international standards to support the capability enhancement of product testing laboratories to be ready and able to support testing of various components relating to the next-generation automotive production and give advice on domestic testing, research and innovation.
Therefore this electric vehicle battery testing center needs full support to help domestic operators, especially EV battery testing which can reduce their costs and time to send their products for testing abroad and also being consultant and database to enhance technical knowledge, research, and new innovations with cooperation from the government sector, leading companies related in the automotive and auto-parts industry.
Mr.Adisak Rohitasune, Acting President of TAI said that the construction progress of electric vehicle battery testing center at ATTRIC has been proceeded as plan e.g. the modern design, contractor selection and construction start with the investment budget over 300 million baht for the whole project of building and instruments. In the initial phase, the batteries can be tested immediately 5 of 9 tests according to international standards UNECE R100 such as mechanical integrity test, external short circuit protection test, overcharge protection test, over-discharge protection test and over-temperature protection test which will be operating in the 3rd quarter of 2020 and expect for full service operation with all tests within 2021.
It will become the EV battery testing center with the most integrated service in ASEAN and this laboratory will be able to test the battery safety in accordance with the UNECE R100 standards for motor vehicles and UNECE R136 standards for motorcycles including testing capability for research and development to improve the battery performance in cell, module and system level.
Currently, The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) has approved 4 investment applications for Hybrid, 4 applications for Plug-in Hybrid and 1 application for BEV and 1 application waiting for BOI approval. In addition, 4 investment companies have already opened for EV battery production to help pushing EV safety standards and upgrade product standards and consumer product safety requirements for the highest testing standards.
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