The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) has established a Battery Safety Initiative for Electric Vehicles. Keep reading to learn what their goal is, what research led to their recommendations, and what they suggest drivers and electric car owners can do to stay safer. Remember that if you are involved in a car accident, you can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
The Goals of the Battery Safety Initiative
The Initiate has just been announced and so its overall goals might change once it gets underway. For now, the goal is to use the initiative to coordinate research and activities that can address safety issues related to electric batteries in electric vehicles.
The Methods of the Battery Safe Initiative
Those involved will start with data collection activities in which they collect and analyze data that is related to electric vehicle battery safety. This step will also involve conducting special investigations of electric vehicle crashes and on-crash events that seem to be related to battery safety.
There will also be a wealth of research committed to battery diagnostics and prognostics. For example, this research will look at the health of batteries, what type of early detection has worked, what diagnostics can be used, and what type of interventions can help make these batteries safe.
There Will Also Be a Look at Cybersecurity
While most of the worry about electric batteries is related to the potential for burn injuries and other physical injuries the batteries can cause, there will also be a close look at the issues of Battery Management Systems (BMS) as they relate to cybersecurity. The research will look into risks and vehicle-side measures that affect both wired and wireless charging options along with vehicle connectivity paths that have the potential to access BMS.
Safety in Changing Must Be Included
There will also be a close look at high-voltage battery charging failure modes and the effect they have. They will look at extremely fast charging (considered 350 KW – 1 MW) and how safe it is, the safety of wireless charging, and various advances in battery management that could help make these batteries safer. They will also test both the development and enforcement of new standards.
This Information is Relevant to Everyone
You might think that if you do not have an electric vehicle, then this information is not particularly valid. False. This study will show how safe these vehicles are for those driving them and for others who share the road with them. Remember that if you suffer an injury due to an accident that was caused by someone else, you can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation.