Scheduled to be fully operational by late 2024
DEKRA is setting up new testing center for automotive battery systems
The international expert organization DEKRA is setting up a new testing center for automotive and stationary batteries. The facility will be located at the company's Technology Center at DEKRA Lausitzring in Brandenburg, Germany. It is an important building block in DEKRA's strategy of offering comprehensive testing and expert services for all aspects of electromobility from a single source. The new laboratory, for which the company is investing in the double-digit million euro range, is scheduled to be fully operational by late 2024.
- Expert organization aims to be global leading player for safe e-mobility
- Full service in battery testing including abuse tests
- Demand on the rise as OEMs prepare for end of combustion engine era
The target group for the services provided by the planned battery lab includes vehicle manufacturers, battery and component makers as well as engineering service providers and authorities. The increasing demand for battery testing is connected to the EU’s proposed ban on combustion engines from 2035 as well as various car manufacturers’ declared strategy to go fully electric even before then.
DEKRA has been making targeted investments in electromobility at various locations for years. The new Vehicle-Grid Innovation Laboratory (ViGIL) in California is due to open shortly. It offers functional, conformance, and interoperability testing for electric vehicle supply equipment and charging infrastructure. The company also recently inaugurated a new open-area testing facility at its Arnhem site for measuring electromagnetic compatibility on large vehicles such as electric buses or e-trucks. In 2020, a state-of-the-art laboratory for end-to-end testing of charging infrastructure was opened there. At the Technology Center in Klettwitz, the new test bench for electric motors and drive axles has been in operation since summer 2022. The powertrain and exhaust gas laboratory there is geared overall to the requirements of testing battery- and hydrogen-powered vehicles.