Establishing safety standards and testing methods for electric vehicles

방성호 기자l승인2019.05.16

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▲ CEO Chae Hyun-byeong

The CITA International Conference & 19th General Assembly was held last month at Grand Hyatt Seoul. CITA (International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee) is the international association and private sector organizations actively practicing compulsory inspection of in-service motor vehicles and their trailers, or with responsibility for authorizing and supervising inspection organizations. At the 19th General Assembly this year, CTI Korea participated as the sole Korean company specialized in researching and developing electric vehicle safety and equipment. 

Core technologies for future vehicles: EVST-P20
The assembly this year drew participation of 139 governments, public institutions, inspection agencies and equipment producers from 53 countries in the world under the hosting of the CITA and the management of the Korea Transportation Safety Authority. Among 500 participated specialists in the field, CTI Korea presented its excellent electric vehicle safety inspections and high performing batteries on the day.

EVST-P20 of CTI is the inspection equipment that checks insulating and continuity of electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles and hydrogen vehicles in order to prevent any possible electric shock. This world’s first EVST-P20 was proudly developed in 2017 by a joint project of CTI Korea, the Korea Electric Safety Corporation and the Korea Transportation Safety Authority. Designed for either portable or regular check-up, EVST-P20 satisfies WP29, the standard for Korean electric vehicles, and can be applied to all kinds of electric and hybrid vehicles. 

CTI Korea started to engage in international standards for eco-friendly and electric vehicles from 2015 alongside the Korea Transportation Safety Authority and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport; and they have compiled standards for electrical safety and testing methods. As a result, the enforcement ordinance of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport was introduced last November and the electrical safety test is to be carried out from May this year.

“The legal and institutional foundations will secure the competitiveness of Korean eco-friendly vehicles in the coming age of electric and hydrogen vehicles as the number of the eco-friendly mobility is drawing high trajectory” says Chae Hyun-byeong, CEO of CTI Korea.

Going global
In the absence of international standards for eco-friendly vehicles, South Korea has taken the initiative and is about to start legally bound safety inspections from May 23rd this year for the first time in the world; and CTI Korea’s EVST-P20 is to be used for the inspections at the inspection sites designated by the Korea Transportation Safety Authority. 

This is highly encouraging as the Korean standard could be the international standard in the future. In other words, the related Korean businesses can take the advantageous seats in the global market. 

“The assembly this year discussed on high power supply electric vehicles and manless vehicle testing technologies. It means that the international cooperation in the field will be more activated than ever. Taking the momentum, CTI Korea will make the most of its accumulated technologies and achievements to lead the field. At the same time, CTI Korea is working on development of e-Mobility charging conversion equipment that will improve charging performance and safety.”

The 21 years of expertise and capability in R&D, precision measurement and cutting edge solutions has led CTI Korea to be highly praised by CITA; and CTI Korea now is a member of CITA since last March.

Now the two wings have been attached, it is only a matter of time for CTI Korea to fly high to present the global standards for eco-friendly vehicles. 


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