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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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EV battery fires are very rare, but pose new risks & challenges for emergency responders...

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What's a BEV or a PHEV? What are the most popular EVs & how many are coming?

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An EV battery pack is built from individual lithium ion battery cells; multiple cells make a module & multiple modules make a pack

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All EV battery fires start with thermal runaway - but it's not a fire, it's an exothermic (heat producing) unstable chemical reaction

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To slow, & eventually stop, thermal runaway, best practice is to cool the EV battery with large amounts of water

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Our research indicates a third of EV battery fires occur while the vehicle is connected to charging; what happens then?

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EVs have a DC high voltage battery, components & cables, & the risk of electrocution is low (but is still a risk!)

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We found a secondary ignition occured in around 10% of incidents, posing a risk to secondary responders

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EVs have a DC high voltage battery, components & cables, & the risk of electrocution is low (but is still a risk!)

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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In our most viewed blog post, we take a look at vapour cloud explosion case studies.

Electric vehicle vapour cloud explosions are very rare, but emergency responders should know the signs of thermal runaway & that there is a risk of explosion.

What's an EV vapour cloud explosion?

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