SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. Read More

SAE International Cooperative Research Program Awarded Government Contract for Rechargeable Energy Storage Systems

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 5, 2011 - The SAE International Cooperative Research Program has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for development of repeatable safety performance test procedures for rechargeable energy storage systems (RESS).

The two-year cooperative effort to develop performance test procedures along with detailed, quantifiable measurement criteria to evaluate Li-ion based RESS performance will aid in the development of safer processes and practices by the industry in order to help mitigate safety risks from rechargeable energy storage systems. 

SAE International, along with its project partners, will meet with NHTSA representatives in the near future to discuss project details.

The SAE International cooperative research partnership consists of the following partners:

· SAE International (Project Leader)

· General Motors Company

· Daimler AG

· Toyota Motor Corporation

· Honda Motor Company Ltd.

· Nissan Motor Company

“We very much appreciate the confidence that DOT and NHTSA have shown in SAE International’s Cooperative Research Program and its knowledgeable committee members,” Jack Pokrzywa, manager of Ground Vehicle Standards for SAE International, said. “We look forward to assisting DOT and NHTSA in creating the proper test methods and performance measurement criteria to reduce public risks from Li-Ion RESS powered HEV’s, PHEV’s and EV’s”

SAE Cooperative Research Programs provide a neutral environment for joint venture projects where numerous organizations pool their resources to study areas of common technical interest where results are shared.

SAE International Ground Vehicle Standards Technical Committees are leading the vehicle transportation industry in the development of standards to provide safer processes and practices for effective implementation of hybrid/electric vehicles. A total of 24 SAE International Ground Vehicle electrification committees with more than 780 members have developed 46 standards and are currently working on more than 30 new standards.

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

- www.sae.org -