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EV FireSafe

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Enhancing safety for emergency responders at electric vehicle 

traction battery fires

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How many EVs have caught fire in Australia?

In the space of 24 hours, two lithium-ion battery fires have happened in NSW; one due to road debris hitting the underside of an EV & another that had been removed from an EV & left in a carpark.

This has caused a lot of speculation about the safety of road-registered electric vehicles online.

But how many electric cars have ACTUALLY caught fire in Australia? Check out our new video providing data-driven context to this question!

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EV LiB fires June 2023 stats released + all EV type comparison

We've just released our fifth EV battery fires snapshot, examining 375 verified incidents. This infographic outlines how many were connected to charging, when they occurred & responders risks.

From 1st January 2023 we started tracking ALL electrified transport battery fire incidents, including battery electric buses, trucks & light electric vehicles (e-bikes, e-scooters etc).

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A lot of misinformation about EV fire risk in buildings is spread online, causing unnecessary angst for site owners installing EV charging.

In 2022, we were commissioned by the Australian Building Code Board to look at charging connected EV LiB incidents, a report that has now been endorsed by state & federal buildings ministers.

 

See our break down of findings & data by clicking on the button. If you'd like to know more about this report & our research, you'll also find a link to join our free webinar on 6th July at 11am.

Our research indicates an EV battery pack can catch fire two, three or multiple times after an initial thermal runaway event. This occurs in approximately 10% of incidents.

But why does it occur? We break down stranded energy & secondary ignition in this short video.

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As EVs become more common, responders will naturally see more involved in road traffic accidents. Isolating HV systems to the traction battery in a passenger EV makes the vehicle safer for responders to work around, particularly if extrication is required.

 

Here are the ways emergency responders can isolate HV systems in electric vehicles.

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Why are e-buses catching fire? How many EVs have burnt on ships? How often does vapour cloud explosion happen? And what are those popping noises in a burning EV?

We have a growing library of information & insights at our Journal!

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Electric vehicle vapour cloud explosions are very rare, but it's vital for all emergency responders to know the early warning signs of thermal runaway & understand the risk of explosion.

We look at the stats & case studies from around the world.

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"...EV FireSafe is invaluable to those of us concerned with, and working in, lithium-ion battery safety. I have had frequent recourse to Emma for data and information on electric vehicle and battery energy storage incidents"

Professor Paul Christensen, Newcastle University 

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