UL Standard Technical Panel (STP) of UL 2272 approved the 1st edition of ANSI/CAN/UL 2272 and it was published on  November 21, 2016. It now extends the scope of UL 2272 to cover all types of personal e-Mobility devices (single rider; non-roadworthy; typically stand when operating; does not have pedals).  Two significant UL 2272 updates in the 2nd Edition include:

  • Supporting an updated list of products for personal e-Mobility intended for a single rider with a rechargeable electric drive train that balances and propels the rider, and which may be provided with a handle for grasping while riding. The device may or may not be self-balancing. As a result the name of the Standard is now “Electrical Systems for Personal e-Mobility Devices” (formerly “Electrical Systems for Self-Balancing Scooters”).
  • UL 2272 becomes accredited national standard for USA by ANSI and accredited national standard for Canada by SCC making it bi-national. This means it reached consensus between various stakeholders in both countries. Evaluating and certifying to the single standard ensures the national electrical safety system requirements of both countries are met.

UL offers electrical and fire-safety testing and certification under UL 2272, Electrical Systems for Personal e-Mobility (formerly titled Electrical Systems for Self-Balancing Scooters). This standard evaluates the safety of the electrical drive train system and battery and charger system combinations of hoverboards and an updated list of products now including other 1-wheel, 2-wheel, 3-wheel, x-wheel (which includes hoverboards) devices. UL 2272 does NOT evaluate for performance, reliability, or rider safety.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a letter on 2/18/16 to manufacturers, importers and retailers of hoverboards urging them to make certain the self-balancing scooters they “import, manufacture, distribute or sell in the United States comply with currently applicable voluntary safety standards, including all referenced standards and requirements contained in UL 2272”.

In addition to its existing compliance guidance, CPSC is placing increased attention and focus on the safety of a number of battery-powered devices. As part of its Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Plan, CPSC will undertake additional work on the “emerging and ongoing hazards associated with high energy density batteries, including but not limited to enforcement, voluntary and mandatory standards work, import surveillance and compliance, and industry, interagency and intergovernmental cooperation.” CPSC’s work will address hazards associated with devices powered by high energy density batteries (lithium-ion, lithium polymer, lithium-iron-phosphate), as well as “system safety features that ensure high energy density batteries, battery packs, safety circuits, end products and chargers all work together to achieve safe operation for the intended application.”