New standard for the safety requirements for secondary batteries published

IEC 61982-4:2015 is now published. IEC 61982-4 specifies test procedures and acceptance criteria for safety performance of nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) secondary cells and modules used for the propulsion of electric vehicles (EV) including battery electric vehicles (BEV) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV).

This standard intends to secure the basic safety performance of the cell as used in a battery system under intended use and reasonably foreseeable misuse, during the normal operation of EV. The safety requirements of the cell in this standard are based on the premise that the cells and modules are properly used in a battery pack and system within the limit of voltage, current and temperature as specified by the cell manufacturer. The evaluation of the safety of batteries during transport and storage is not covered by this standard.

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