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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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How many passenger electric vehicle battery fires have occurred globally? What percentage were connected to charging & what are the risk exposures for emergency responders?

Download our latest research snapshot.

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Australia has an EV fire problem. It's not cars.

Light electric vehicles (LEVs) are an emerging fire risk to owners & emergency responders.

Internationally, low quality LEVs are causing millions of dollars of damage. But what's happening here in Australia?

What's inside an EV battery pack & why do they catch fire?

 

If you're an emergency responder, get ahead of EV technology by familiarising yourself with how battery packs are constructed, why they catch fire & the signs of thermal runaway with 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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...our research into electric vehicle battery fires & emergency response has been awarded a second round of funding from the Australian Department of Defence!

This enables us to continue our work for another 18 months, take part in testing programs & continue to share knowledge with a global network of fire & emergency responders.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our work this far, we look forward to seeing you in 2023!

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