When a Tesla Model 3 ran over an 18kg chunk of steel last year, the battery was severely damaged, leading to thermal runaway.
In collaboration with Tesla Australia, our team tore down the vehicle to investigate what happened.
Testla's whole timeline, plus loads more good data-driven stuff will be featured in our EV FireSafe ULTIMATE Guide launching soon!
Fully Charged Podcast
Finally, some YouTube influencers we actually want to speak to!
The Fully Charged team work globally to share the pros & cons of electric driving...even the risk of battery fires for drivers & responders.
In this newly released podcast, our Director, Emma Sutcliffe, speaks to Robert Llewellyn about our work, global database & what firefighters really want you to know about EV battery fires.
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!
EV battery fires in airports - what are the new challenges?
The global aviation industry has entered an era of significant technological innovation, driven by government decarbonisation policies and industry initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, to achieve Net Zero targets by 2050.
Our newest team member, an Airports & Emergency Management Specialist, has written an issues paper to help identify the challenges of EV battery fires in the aerodrome environment.
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.
"...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