UL is expanding its Neu-Isenburg, Frankfurt facility for testing and certification of new electric vehicle charging.

The site addresses growing demand for DC fast charging EVs and offers EV charging, charging infrastructure and vehicle manufacturers technology, including certification for global market access under one roof.

"With continued growth in the global EV sector, demand for electric vehicle charging testing is increasing substantially to help improve battery and charging performance and safety," said UL Energy and Power Technologies division, VP and GM, Jeff Smidt.

"UL's investment in the Frankfurt EV battery charging test facility demonstrates our commitment to global markets with new and developing standards. It also equips us to better support municipal utility infrastructure, European EV charging companies and automotive OEMs to fast-track their project fulfilment; allowing them ultimately to quickly meet this rising demand."

The expansion adds capacity to the existing facility allowing UL to service a more diverse range of EV chargers and related equipment to customers across Europe looking for regional as well as global market access.

This includes testing facilities addressing Level 1 and Level 2 AC charging – up to 12 kW – as well as Level 3 DC fast charging – up to 150 kW. AC charging is optimal in home and office locations for individual EVs only requiring short distance travel.

Demand for DC fast charging equipment has grown exponentially to meet EVs designed for long distance travel and to provide rapid multi-vehicle charging common in public settings.

Employing a team of engineers with technical experience for new EV charging technologies, the Frankfurt facility will offer services for testing, including EV simulators with full power capabilities, advisory and certification services. In addition, the facility provides capability for design engineers and product developers in the local area to work with UL as a partner throughout every step of the testing and certification process; from sending prototypes to witnessing testing and addressing compliance issues before production.

UL is able to provide European OEMs with market access in the region. The EU market continues to put in place EV charging equipment. The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) says at least 2.8m public EV charging ports will be needed by 2030 across the Continent.

UL is also able to provide global marketing access services for International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) EV charging testing work in Europe, Asia Pacific and other emerging markets.

"Many significant developments in electric vehicle charging are taking place with demands from end users and new technological solutions pushing the infrastructure to do more and do it faster than before," added Smidt. "This evolution is leading to new and innovative thinking, especially for safety requirements.

"With the Frankfurt test facility, UL is helping customers meet current and future market needs while helping them mitigate safety and performance risks throughout the entire product life cycle."