05.2 Peer review, links & resources
This website has kindly been peer reviewed by these experts
Professor Paul Christensen, University of Newcastle & Lithium Ion Safety
Emeritus Professor John Storey, University of NSW
Andrew Aitken, Fire Rescue Victoria
Anthony Agius, EV Technology Journalist
Resources & information
A host of interesting information about EV & other lithium ion battery fires exists online, some of which we link here for further reading. If you know of a document, website or video that would be of interest to emergency responders, please let us know.
Free volunteer emergency brigades info pack
Volunteer emergency responders are welcome to download this free presentation pack which contains a high level look at electric vehicles, EV fires, suppression & reignition risk. It also shows best practice examples from international fire agencies.
This pack is not designed as recommendations by the EV FireSafe team for the management of EV fires. Your agency SOPs should always be followed.
How to use this pack:
Click on image below to open the pack in a second browser window
Keep the evfiresafe.com website open in this window (the pack will refer you to pages & videos here)
Recent presentations by our Project Director
AC, DC & HV...what happens when an EV catches fire while charging?
EV fires & emergency response
Emergency responder online training & info
Electric vehicle & lithium battery info must-watch videos & must-do courses!
Who: Professor Paul Christensen for Tyne & Wear Fire Rescue Service
Description: University of Newcastle Professor & electrochemistry expert discussing lithium ion battery knowledge & testing, including vapour cloud explosion.
Who: Kurt Vollmacher, Belgium firefighter & creator of ISO 17840
Description: Information for EV manufacturers & emergency responders about standardised ERGs & lithium battery incidents.
Who: Utkiken Rescue (Sweden), PerOla Malmquist
Description: Excellent explainer video with battery thermal runaway clips by an experienced firefighter / fire engineer.
Who: National Fire Protection Association (US)
Description: Online self-paced course covering alternative fuelled vehicles. Course cost is US$24.95. (Please note not all information may be applicable to Australia).
Who: National Transport Safety Board (US)
Description: Discussion by leading investigators into EV battery fire incidents in the US, emergency response & important learnings.
Who: UL Fire Safety Academy (US)
Description: An excellent deep dive into the large scale battery energy storage system explosion & fire at Surprise, Arizona in 2019 from the first responders who were there.
Website sources & links
Sources used on this website are typically linked &/or credited within the website to this page or an external website.
02.1 EV Fire FAQs
Instituut Fysieke Veiligheid (Institute for Safety), The Netherlands. Incidents with alternative fuel vehicles factsheet.
03 - Electric vehicles
03.1 EVs in Australia
Number of EVs in Australia & forecast from Electric Vehicle Council's State of Electric Vehicles 2021
Number of EVs globally & 2030 forecast from Statista.com
EV hotspot data created by EVFS from Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries & Australian Bureau of Statistics registration figures (2020)
03.5 Common EVs
Brands coming in 2022 from Electric Vehicle Council's State of Electric Vehicles 2021
03.6 Identifying an EV
Images kindly supplied by Steven Jamieson, Dr Alina Dini, John Storey.
04.1 EV fire global timeline
All images & information credited in timeline
04.2 What is thermal runaway?
04.3 EV fire behaviour