Safety science company UL Solutions has inaugurated its North America Advanced Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Laboratory in Northbrook, Illinois.
According to the company, the facility will assist original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers in developing EV charging stations more quickly and with shorter development cycles, allowing them to compete more effectively in the global market.
The laboratory is situated next to UL Solutions’ global headquarters and has the capacity to test Level 1 and Level 2 alternating current (AC) EV chargers, direct current (DC) fast chargers, and grid connectivity for vehicle-to-grid and distributed energy resources. It also features a chamber to test EV chargers in varying environmental conditions and vehicle simulation equipment.
UL Solutions says the facility will offer testing services for DC and AC EV chargers for passenger and light commercial vehicles, vehicle-to-grid connectivity and personnel protection equipment under several standards, including ANSI/UL 2202, ANSI/UL 2594, UL 9741, ANSI/UL 2231-1, ANSI/UL 2231-2, ANSI/UL 2251, IEC 61851-1, IEC 61851-22, IEC 62752, IEC 62196 Series (-1, -2 and -3), IEC 61851-23 and IEC 61851-21-2.
“The automotive industry is transforming. The global transition to EVs continues to fuel the need for safe, secure and sustainable new technologies for the future of mobility,” said Jennifer Scanlon, President and CEO of UL Solutions. “The opening of this UL Solutions’ EV charging laboratory in Northbrook is an important milestone in our global footprint strategy to support the industry in critical automotive markets – from Illinois to the wider Midwest, and from the United States to related markets globally.”
The company recently opened an EV charging laboratory in Fremont, California and plans to open a battery testing laboratory in Auburn Hills, Michigan in mid-2024.
Historically known as Underwriters Laboratory, UL is a 129-year-old safety science company which has done testing throughout more than 100 countries. In 2020, UL expand its European EV charging lab in Frankfurt, Germany.
Founded by electrifical engineer William Henry Merrill II in the 1890s, UL revised its structure into three separate companies, including UL Solutions. The others are UL Standards and Engagement, and UL Research Institutes.