Keynote Presentation: EV Safety Compliance Update

Claude Harris Claude Harris
Director
Office of Crash Avoidance Standards US Department of Transportation

The presentation will discuss the NHTSA program to test new electric vehicles introduced for sale in the U.S. to ensure compliance with our existing safety standards, and to provide consumers information on crash performance for these vehicles. Also, the presentation will provide a summary of the issues highlighted in the EV safety symposium held by NHTSA in May 2012, a summary of EV field incidents investigated by NHTSA, and a brief summary of our EV research program in progress.

Claude Harris received his B.S.M.E. from Howard University, an M.B.A. from Cornell University, and completed the Executive Development Program at George Washington University.

He began his professional career as a design engineer at Ford Motor Company and later entered Federal service with the U.S. the Department of Transportation(USDOT). In 2001, he became Director of the Office of Crash Avoidance Standards overseeing rulemaking for the crash avoidance Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVS). In 2004, Mr. Harris became Director of the Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance responsible for providing the annual testing, inspection, and investigation necessary to assure compliance by both foreign and domestic vehicle and equipment manufacturers with all applicable FMVS, CAFE, and other NHTSA regulations.

Mr. Harris is a Senior Executive for the USDOT, active member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, active in his local church, a former auto racer, resides in Lovettsville, Virginia with his wife, and they have two adult children.