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Electric Vehicles Safety Standards Summit Coming in October

As the electric vehicles market is developing, the industry must ensure that it has a set of safety standards for this relatively new segment and that these are met by all the vehicles available for sale.

The aforementioned development is the aim of the U.S. National Electric Vehicles Safety Standards Summit that will be held on October 19-20 at the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit.

The Summit, which will be sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the SAE International, will support the rapid introduction of electric and hybrid electric vehicles in the U.S. and will ensure that fire and electrical safety standards related to these are aligned for a quick development. The event will be used to introduce a complex action plan for the safe implementation of EVs.

"Preparing for the growing number of hybrid-electric and electric vehicles arriving on U.S. roads in the next few years requires an understanding of how fire and electrical safety standards apply to them and how they may need to be adapted to support specific needs of the auto industry, while ensuring that safety is addressed," said Christian Dubay, P.E., NFPA vice president codes and standards and chief engineer. "The knowledge shared at this summit will guide the future of codes and standards for electric vehicles and their supporting infrastructure."

"Introducing Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) within an established infrastructure requires a prudent deployment of standards and strategies by all stakeholders," said Dave Baxter, SAE Motor Vehicle Council Chair. "SAE International is pleased to collaborate with NFPA in hosting a summit that brings together key stakeholders to identify the necessary standards development activities and associated deployment strategies."


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