Driving e-Mobility Safety Through Research

UL Research Institutes investigates potential hazards in the electrical systems of e-mobility devices such as e-bikes and electric scooters.
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From e-bikes, e-scooters, and hoverboards to electric cars, lithium-ion batteries are commonly used in e-mobility devices to leverage their high power-to-size ratio. However, potential hazards exist for users of these devices if the batteries and/or their charging or electrical systems are damaged or malfunctioning. These hazards can result in fire, electric shock or explosion, which all pose a serious risk of injury or death. 

At UL Research Institutes, our Electrochemical Safety Research Institute (ESRI) and Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) apply safety science research to understand how to safely operate batteries and utilize stored energy while assessing, understanding, and mitigating the risk of fire and other hazards. 

Meanwhile, our colleagues at UL Standards & Engagement publish safety standards for various e-mobility devices, helping to address hazards and risks by establishing tests and requirements designed to assure safe operation in typical operating conditions.

To learn more about UL Standards for e-mobility devices and related tests and requirements, as well as find more helpful resources and learn how you can get involved, visit ULSE.org