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A New, Broader Scope for UL 2272
The 1st edition of ANSI/CAN/UL 2272 was published on November 21, 2016. The 2nd edition now extends the scope of UL 2272, with two significant updates as follows:
- An extended list of products for personal e-Mobility, including e-skateboards and smaller e-scooters. These are single rider, non-roadworthy, typically stand when operating, does not have pedals and technologies that are not 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”).
- Accreditation as the national standard in the US and Canada by ANSI and SCC, respectively, making it bi-national. Evaluating and certifying to a single standard greatly simplifies the process for manufacturers.
This standard offers electrical and fire-safety testing and certification by evaluating the safety of the electrical drive train system and battery and charger system combinations. However, UL 2272 does NOT evaluate for performance, reliability, or rider safety.
In addition to its existing compliance guidance, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is placing increased attention on the safety of a number of battery-powered devices. On February 18, 2016, CPSC issued a letter urging manufacturers, importers and retailers of hoverboards 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”.