(R) Recommended Practices for Shipping Transport and Handling of Automotive-Type Battery System - Lithium Ion
|Publication Date:||1 June 2020|
This SAE Recommended Practice (RP) aids in the identification, handling, and shipping of lithium batteries to and from specified locations. It is the specific intent of this RP to identify, utilize, and reference existing U.S. and international hazardous materials (dangerous goods) transportation regulations, which are the only methodologies to be used to establish transportability. It is also the intent of this RP to provide recommendations to be used by service and shipping personnel for the purpose of determining a possibly damaged/defective battery's transportability. In support of the service and shipping personnel, these recommendations seek to use standard tools of the trade and avoid laboratory type equipment.
This SAE RP provides a basis from which to determine the relevant regulations to consult when preparing a battery for shipment. It also provides recommendations that can be implemented during the development of the battery to be used by qualified users to determine the transportability of a battery. The determination of whether the battery is transportable or not with regard to current regulations is shared by the battery original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and the shipper.
The generic term "battery" shall be used to identify automotive-type lithium ion "traction" batteries when used as intended by the vehicle and battery original equipment manufacturers OEMs for ground vehicles.
While the recommendations provided in this document are intended for the automotive industry, nothing in this document precludes other industries from referencing this material for use in their specific industry.