How EV Makers Minimize Electrocution and Fire Risks

When so many batteries are connected to each other in modules as is the case in electric vehicles (“EVs”), concerns about electrical fires and the risk of electrocution in the event of an accident aren’t far-fetched. Current and future owners of EVs will be pleased to learn that automakers take this risk seriously and have engineered a number of capabilities, such as electric isolation mechanisms, to avert electrical incidents.

As a matter of fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (“IIHS”) conducts crash tests on several EVs in order to ascertain whether the isolation technology is doing its work as it should.

Recent tests done on the Mach-E made by Ford Mustang and the XC40 Recharge made by Volvo proved that the system to isolate the battery in the event of a crash worked as designed. Other safety measures intended to prevent the passenger area from crumpling with potentially fatal consequences) also passed the crash tests with flying colors.

Such safety measures take on a greater significance given the fact that governments around the world are pushing to see a switch from gas-powered vehicles to electric vehicles, which are less harmful to the environment.

It is therefore no wonder that the National Transportation Board released a report back in November drawing the attention of first responders to the risk that lithium-ion batteries can ignite and put their safety at risk.

The IIHS agrees, adding that Li-ion battery fires could even ignite weeks later when an EV that was involved in an accident is towed away and taken to a scrap yard. When five electric vehicles made by General Motors caught fire resulting in a house burning down and two people suffering smoke inhalation, the company recalled 69,000 of the affected EV model (the Bolt hatchback) and promised to equip all its EVs with onboard battery diagnostics as a way to prevent future fires or electrocution incidents.

The IIHS takes the crash tests it conducts seriously because lives are at stake. Depending on how a vehicle performs during the tests, an appropriate safety rating is given. For example, the tests done on the Volvo model referred to earlier resulted in the highest possible safety rating, top safety pick+, while the Ford earned a lower award, top safety pick).

Sean O’Malley, a test coordinator at IIHS, says that they have observed evidence that EVs are as safe as conventional gas-fueled vehicles and the fact that EV batteries make electric vehicles significantly heavier than their ICE counterparts means that the EVs are better equipped to take a crash in their stride.

If you are still undecided regarding the safety of electric vehicles, Sean O’Malley says he would gladly acquire one anytime — and so should every other motorist. Coming from a safety test coordinator, that is a noteworthy endorsement.

With such safety tests being done, it isn’t surprising that EVs from different manufacturers such as ev Transportation Services Inc. are finding a popular market in segments such as parking enforcement and property maintenance.

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