NHTSA announces battery safety symposium in May
Scheduled for the 18th May at the Department of Transport, the Electric Vehicle Safety Technical Symposium will give an opportunity for the NHTSA and U.S. Department of Energy to share information about their latest research into safety considerations related to accident-damaged electric vehicles.
Presentations will also be given by automotive and battery manufacturers and voluntary standards bodies, with an opportunity for the public to ask questions of any presenters.
The NHTSA’s research came into the limelight last year when a Chevrolet Volt caught fire at its test facility after a side impact test. The agency worked with General Motors to ensure the vehicle was safe, concluding it posed no more of a fire risk than a conventional car, and has since provided guidance to consumers and first responders on handling accident-damaged electric vehicles.