An important question in the safety of electric and other forms of natural gas power systems is: How much do they know about the safety precautions they must take in order to keep their devices safely connected?
“Batteries are a real hazard in electric vehicles,” says Rob McElroy, director of research for the International Electric Vehicle Alliance.
“They are extremely dangerous.”
“It is important for us to know the safety standards, and how to prevent them,” he adds.
The International Electric Vehicles Alliance is a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports sustainable electric vehicle and hybrid technologies.
Its members are mostly the world’s major automakers, electric utilities, manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, and suppliers of batteries, chargers, and other related equipment.
They are also a broad range of organizations, including governments, research institutes, research institutions, advocacy groups, academic institutions, and individuals who are interested in the development of safe, affordable electric and hybrid vehicle technologies.
McElroys research, along with those of other researchers, has shown that a range of battery technology has not only been proven safe but also is well-suited for use in electric and electric-hybrid vehicles.
“It’s really a combination of things,” McElrays says.
“The battery is extremely flexible, and it can be used for different types of energy storage, like a battery for a car battery, a battery pack for an electric vehicle, and a battery charger for a hybrid.”
McElrod agrees that batteries are a significant part of electric vehicles’ safety.
“There’s a wide variety of technologies,” he says.
In general, he says, “most of the safety issues we have are related to the technology itself.”
Battery safety concerns have been widely discussed in recent years.
While it’s not unusual for battery systems to be upgraded to address safety issues, many automakers are not doing this.
For example, Tesla has already introduced new technologies to improve battery reliability and reduce power loss in electric cars, but has not yet done so in vehicles powered by conventional gasoline engines.
That could lead to a dramatic increase in battery capacity and performance in some models, but it also could create a potential safety issue for other electric vehicles.
While safety is not necessarily the primary focus of electric vehicle safety policy, the safety benefits are real.
For starters, McElrays research has shown battery manufacturers can save significant costs by increasing battery efficiency.
“This can mean a huge difference in fuel economy and fuel savings, and we are seeing that for some models,” Mcelroy says.
Some automakers are also working to lower the risk of fires and other accidents caused by batteries, though the benefits are still largely unknown.
“When it comes to safety, the only thing we know for sure is that we have to be very careful,” McEllray says.
One of the biggest challenges to improving safety is the fact that batteries need to be charged periodically.
The current average charging time for new batteries is five to six hours.
“We’ve got to keep our cars charged as long as possible,” McElsay says.
He also recommends that carmakers adopt safety standards for charging systems that include minimum voltages and charging times, along the lines of those required for gasoline engines and other power sources.
“If you’re charging a battery, you should use a safe, low-voltage charger,” McELRAYS says.
But even if a car company takes the time to establish safety standards and adopt safety protocols, the problem remains that batteries often don’t have the capacity to deliver as much power as conventional gasoline-powered vehicles.
A recent study from a team led by the University of Texas at Austin found that, when a car with a lithium-ion battery is plugged into an engine, it produces a relatively high voltage of roughly 1,600 volts, or nearly twice as high as a standard gasoline-based car.
This is in part because the battery pack requires high-voltages to function properly, and because the amount of electricity delivered to the battery depends on the size and location of the battery.
McEllroy says, for most cars, the average operating speed of a lithium battery is about 300 miles per hour.
“So even if you have a 300-mile-per-hour car, you still need to keep it plugged into the battery every day,” he explains.
“You’re not going to be able to have the battery fully charged, and that’s not an acceptable situation for a lot of electric cars.”
The most recent studies McElroe has studied have found that even with the addition of a high-capacity charger, the current range of most gasoline- and diesel-powered cars is less than 150 miles.
That’s why some manufacturers are planning to install more battery chargers in their vehicles.
The new technology is also likely to increase the likelihood of fires in some vehicles.
According to McElros research, more than half of the more than 3,000 fires that have occurred in vehicles that have been tested in the