Posts Tagged: NHTSA

NHTSA proposes updating electrical safety requirements for fuel cell and mild hybrid vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to update electrical safety requirements for hydrogen fuel cell and mild hybrid vehicles. The proposed rule change would add an optional method for post-crash electrical safety into the FMVSS No. 305 standard, involving physical barriers to prevent electric shock due to… Read more »

NHTSA: EVs pose different safety risks than ICEs, not more

Some of the more colorful conservative media would have us believe that EVs are exploding death traps, while Tesla and other EV makers insist that they are actually far safer than ICE vehicles. The truth, according to the top US auto-safety regulator, lies somewhere in between. “We believe they don’t pose any greater risks than… Read more »

NHTSA will not investigate Tesla Model S fire

Get ready for the conspiracy theories. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said this week that it will not open a formal investigation into the battery fire that destroyed a Tesla Model S in Kent, Washington earlier this month. “After reviewing all available data, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not found evidence… Read more »

Automakers: Safety sounds for EVs could hurt sales if done the wrong way

Love the way your EV glides silently through the city? Well, it might be dangerous for pedestrians, especially the blind. The US government addressed this issue with a 2010 law that requires automakers to provide EVs with some sort of artificial sound generator to announce their coming. Japan and the EU have implemented similar regulations…. Read more »

Rich Byczek on delayed battery overheating and stranded energy

(This article originally appeared in Charged Issue 6 – JAN/FEB 2013) EV standards gaps: Intertek’s Rich Byczek on two of the biggest safety concerns centered around batteries. The EV industry is young and evolving quickly – too quickly, in some cases, for the standards community to keep up.  The competing charging standards provide the most obvious example. There are… Read more »