Annika is an electrochemist with more than 17 years experience working with diverse aspects of battery technology and application. She is currently employed by Scania where she is committed to developing propulsion battery solutions for heavy vehicles with focus on standardization and regulatory requirements and tests. Annika represents OICA in UN ECE regulation development for EV Safety and Environmental Factors as spokesperson for heavy vehicles and is vice chair of ACEA TF-EVS. Previous employments include Technical Director of Battery Expertise at Etteplan, Global Technical Manager for Electrochemical Energy Sources at Intertek and Senior Consultant in Battery Technology at Sagentia Catella.
Industry standards are important tools for product development and quality assurance, and constitute a common understanding of best practice for design and requirements specifications as well as verification methods to confirm compliance. Test methods in industry recognized standards are implicitly trusted to be appropriate and relevant for purpose, generally applicable and validated to provide robust and reliable results. The development cycle for a standard has decreased significantly in recent years. With less time to deliberate different technical aspects and options, there is an inherent risk that the standard content is too focused on existing technology, causing locking-in effects which hamper innovation and technology development with potential to enhance application performance. Less mature technologies where significant technical development and improvements are expected, e.g. battery systems for electric vehicle propulsion, are more exposed. Regulatory development of new technology look at standards for verification methods of performance requirements for type approval and certification. It is therefore essential that standards are built on sound scientific principles and technical data, as well as understanding of possible future technology development directions.