We can help ensure your personal e-mobility devices meet critical safety requirements by testing and evaluating the electrical drive train system, battery system and charger system combinations, and providing you with electrical and fire-safety certification. With the expanding global popularity of these e-transportation devices, ensuring their safe operation is a vital step in protecting consumers and your brand.
ANSI/CAN/UL 2272, the Standard for Electrical Systems for Personal E-Mobility Devices, covers:
- An extended list of products for personal e-mobility, including e-skateboards and all pathway e-scooters. (These are single-rider, non-roadworthy, typically stand-when-operating devices.)
- UL 2272 is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Standards Council of Canada (SCC) accredited national Standard in the U.S. and Canada. Evaluating and certifying to this single, binational UL Standard simplifies your certification process.
The Standard does not evaluate for the operator’s ability to maintain control while riding.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is highly focused on battery-powered transportation after the hoverboard, self-balancing scooter, incidents in recent years. In a letter dated Feb. 22, 2018, from Robert S. Kaye, director of the Office of Compliance and Field Operations, to manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers, he wrote, “I am writing to urge you to ensure that the self-balancing scooters (also known as hoverboards) you manufacture, import, distribute or sell in the United States comply with current voluntary safety standards, including all referenced standards and requirements contained in the latest revision of UL 2272.” In a CPSC Feb. 12, 2018, status report on high-energy density batteries, UL 2272 is also listed as the electric system safety Standard for personal e-mobility devices.
Outside the U.S. as well, there has been a call from government regulators to comply with UL 2272. On Sept. 10, 2018, the Singapore Land Transit Authority (LTA) announced, “For public safety, we intend to require all motorized PMDs [personal mobility devices] intended for use on public paths to conform to the UL 2272 Standard. We intend to prohibit retailers from selling motorized PMDs which are not UL2272 compliant from July 2019 onwards.”
Singapore’s consumer safety website reads, “There has been a sharp increase in the number of fires caused by motorized PMDs over the past few years. To minimize fire incidents and improve public safety, LTA is adopting the UL 2272 Standard for fire and electrical safety for all PMDs from 1 January 2021. Non-UL 2272 certified e-scooters purchased after 30 June 2019 cannot be registered or transferred. Non-UL2272 certified e-scooters purchased on or before 30 June 2019 may be registered and used on public paths until 31 Dec 2020, after which they will be automatically deregistered and may no longer be used on public paths.”
As e-scooters are increasingly popularized through ride-sharing service companies, it is important to verify UL certification on equipment, whether you are a consumer choosing to ride or a ride-share provider.