U.S. safety board urges automakers to improve EV fire response guides
– The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) encouraged automakers on Wednesday to improve electric vehicle crisis reaction directs that need clear data and hamper endeavors to stifle lithium-particle battery fires.
The proposals follow a progression of NTSB examinations concerning four Tesla electric vehicle battery fires on U.S. streets in 2017 and 2018, including three fast crashes in which the lithium-particle battery reignited after firemen doused fires.
NTSB said “most makers’ crisis reaction guides for battling high-voltage lithium-particle battery fires need essential, vehicle-explicit subtleties on stifling the flames.”
Tesla and a gathering speaking to virtually any remaining significant automakers didn’t promptly remark.
The organization added that “notwithstanding hampering productive smothering of high-voltage lithium-particle battery fires, the absence of clear, vehicle-explicit firefighting data can prompt disarray or ill advised activity with respect to specialists on call.”
Tesla recently contended EVs are more secure than gas controlled vehicles and said information demonstrated EV proprietors are far more averse to encounter a vehicle fire than fuel fueled vehicles.
In 2018, there were 212,500 U.S. vehicle fires that caused 560 passings, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) said. Fuel touched off in the greater part of all vehicle fire passings. NFPA said existing information assortment frameworks have not yet satisfactorily caught the recurrence of EV fires.
NTSB encouraged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to join producer’s reaction guides scores into its New Car Assessment Program.
NTSB likewise asked NHTSA to meet partners to proceed with research “on approaches to moderate or deenergize” chances from high-voltage lithium-particle batteries and to lessen risks after rapid EV crashes.
A NHTSA representative didn’t remark. The office said Friday it was setting up its Battery Safety Initiative for Electric Vehicles to arrange research and different endeavors.
In November, General Motors reviewed 68,677 electric vehicles after five announced flames and two minor wounds. The review for fire hazards covered 2017-2019 model year Chevrolet Bolt EVs.
In October, Hyundai Motor Co reviewed almost 77,000 Kona EVs, saying potential imperfections in battery cells expanded the danger of a short out or fire.