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Electric Cars: How is Automotive Testing Changing?

Changing legislation and the rise in popularity of electric cars has created some big changes in the automotive industry – and those changes require new testing methods too. Get to grips with the ways our testing solutions can help with the great switch to electric.  

The transition from petrol to electric

In an effort to attain Net Zero or to cut energy consumption, many different countries have introduced, or are planning to introduce, legislation to limit the number of petrol cars sold and used. For example, the UK will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 while the US government plans to end gas-powered vehicle purchases by 2035.  

The shift towards electric vehicles has been in motion for many years but with transition deadlines in sight, we know that the automotive industry is under pressure to develop cost effective and competitive alternatives.  

What changes when testing electric cars vs traditional cars? 

While there any many areas of automotive testing that will remain the same, from impact to shear and crush testing, there are also a variety of new electrical testing areas to address. The main areas will be focused on batteries and engine testing.  

Ensuring the longevity of engines and their electrical components is a top priority. We can help with everything from corrosion testing to humidity testing, allowing you to see how wires and circuits will behave once a vehicle is out on the road and facing a variety of temperatures and weather conditions.  

Our testing solutions can also help manufacturers find the kind of raw materials that will help with the transition, such as ensuring that polymer films needed for Li-ion battery separators are suitable for the job at hand. Other materials expected to be in high demand and in need of thorough testing include luminium, boron, cobalt, copper, dysprosium, iron, neodymium, niobium and silicon-steel. 

Testing solutions for manufacturers and suppliers 

At Industrial Physics, we understand that every part of the supply chain is essential when it comes to building roadworthy vehicles, that’s why we offer testing solutions to manufacturers, Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers. Early testing ensures that components reach suppliers and manufacturers having already undergone the kind of testing that saves time and money.  

Automotive testing you can trust

When big industry changes are underfoot, you want to know you’re working with people you can trust. Industrial Physics have been a key player in the automotive testing space for more than 50 years and our engineers know the sector inside out. We’re always happy to discuss your testing needs, whether you’re a tier 2 supplier or a manufacturer. Find out more about the options we have on offer and our automotive testing solutions.