British Standards Institution (BSI) Steering Group for Electric Battery Standards

Charley Grimston, chief executive of Altelium is a member of the British Standards Institution (BSI) steering group developing the UK standards for the safe and environmentally-conscious handling of battery packs and modules.

Publicly Available Specifications (PAS) play a crucial role in allowing products and markets to mature and develop. Ensuring manufacturers at every stage in the supply stage are working to agreed standards, they are a fundamental building block to bringing any product to market successfully.

The electric vehicle sector is an example of a very rapidly developing market and one which needs, and will benefit enormously from, an agreed set of standards and PAS for the UK market.

During lockdown the BSI Steering Group for Electric Battery Standards group has met online to ensure that progress on developing these standards continues without delay.

The importance of maintaining a focus on the environment and ensuring a green economic recovery after the covid-19 crisis has been recently emphasised by Climate Change Committee (CCC) chairman, Lord Debden, who said:

“The Covid-19 crisis has shown the importance of planning well for the risks the country faces.

“Recovery means investing in new jobs, cleaner air and improved health. The actions needed to tackle climate change are central to rebuilding our economy.

“The government must prioritise actions that reduce climate risks and avoid measures that lock-in higher emissions.”

Electric batteries will play a central role in rebuilding the economy. This is where the Altelium system, with its ability to measure the performance of individual battery cells, will also support market development. It will allow manufacturers to assess performance against agreed standards and ensure specialist underwriters like CNC Asset can offer robust warranties accordingly.

Charley concludes “Standards are vital to underpin good, profitable warranties on electric battery cells. Manufacturers who can offer long, comprehensive warranties will be in a more competitive position coming out of the covid-19 recession,  and it’s great to see the UK forging ahead with work in this respect.”

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