It goes without saying there are significant differences between internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric vehicles (EVs). For example:
- EVs do not have tailpipe emissions, ICEs do
- The distance a vehicle can go before needing to refuel or recharge
- It takes longer to charge an EV than it does to refuel an ICE
- ICEs create more noise and vibration than EVs
But despite the differences, EV and ICE vehicles – in fact, any type of vehicle – can’t be shipped without government-mandated labels. These include the Monroney sticker, Tread label and Manufacturing Plate and Safety Certification – all of which contain important vehicle details used by consumers when making a purchase decision.
For EVs, modified data on the Monroney sticker include MPGe (a miles-per-gallon equivalent created by the EPA) for city, highway and combined city/highway; kilowatt-hours of electricity required to operate the vehicle for 100 miles; an estimate of cost savings over a five-year period compared to owning an ICE vehicle rated at 27 mpg; the average number of miles the vehicle can operate on a charge; and more.
And because the environment within an EV is different, there are certain factors that need to be taken into consideration. According to our label partner, Whitlam Group, these include:
- EV Battery Bonding: the use of pressure-sensitive tapes to bond pouch and/or prismatic cells within an EV battery pack to:
- Provide no curing time with immediate strength, allowing them to act as an assembly aid and a bonding solution.
- Eliminate the need for mixing nozzles or pot life concerns because they feature single-component functionality.
- Offer flame retardant and dielectric (poor electrical conductivity but ability to store an electrical charge)tapes to meet flame or electrical requirements.
- Thermal and Electrical Insulation to meet EV and battery manufacturer’s strict requirements against thermal runaway events, such as:
- Flame-retardant adhesives the enable composites and materials to meet UL® 94 V-0 and other flame requirements.
- Single- and double-coated filmic tapes for fiber encapsulation and dielectric strength.
- Easy-release liners to prevent cohesive failure of delicate fibrous-based materials.
It’s a lot to know. That’s why you need an experienced partner to manage and produce your vehicle-labeling needs. By combining Ancor’s expertise in vehicle labeling requirements with Whitlam Group’s EV labeling solutions, customers have a single source for all their vehicle labeling needs. Contact us to learn more.
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