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UTAC hosts a series of facilities to conduct crucial – and often dramatic – tests for cells

If you ever take an electric car for a drive, spare a thought for the high-tech, high-voltage battery under the floor, because prototypes of it will have been subjected to two years of technical tortures before being declared safe for production.

In detail, that battery will have been vibrated, squeezed, pressurised, dropped from a height, over-charged with electricity, frozen, heated, barbequed at 800deg C and even, god forbid, penetrated.

The fact is that the battery of every EV has to undergo dozens of extreme tests, specified under United Nations Regulations ECE 38.3

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