Understanding electric vehicle fires
The popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) and the use of lithium-ion batteries is booming. However, the risk of fires in EVs has received attention due to widespread concerns.
New research from RISE
Ola Willstrand, Project Manager of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, explains why the recent research project E-TOX ‘Toxic gases from fire in Electric Vehicles’ was initiated.
“Several knowledge gaps regarding electrical vehicles were identified during meetings between RISE and various rescue services. The concern regarding toxic gases is one of the most important ones.
Therefore, E-TOX was initiated to increase knowledge, get more data and to analyse what the rescue service will have to deal with in a worst-case scenario with an EV fire in a parking garage.
Financed by the Swedish Energy Agency, RISE has realised the project together with insurance companies (including If Insurance), six rescue services, Borås bildemontering and MSB”.
Electric mobility on the rise
The number of electric vehicles being sold across the Nordics continues to rise. Globally, electric mobility is also gaining ground. According to the International Energy Agency, in 2010, the number of electric vehicles on the road was just 17000.
Nine years later, the figure has grown to 7.2 million electric cars on the road – 47% of these are in China.
Read the full report at Global EV Outlook 2020.