Overview, Objectives & Scope

2nd Annual Electric Vehicles Safety Standards Summit
September 27-28, 2011
Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center - Detroit, Michigan

Hosted by SAE International and the National Fire Protection Association

Summit Goal:
In order to support the rapid implementation of Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles in North America, a comprehensive assessment of relevant safety standards needs to be developed. This summit will build on the success of the previous Summit (October 2010), and will bring appropriate stakeholder groups together to develop a shared implementation plan to ensure that fire and electrical safety standards impacting electric vehicles do not serve as a barrier to their deployment.

Summit Objectives:

  • Review the significant progress since the previous Summit (October 2010) and apply the lessons-learned for future enhanced action plans.
  • Further clarify the relevant fire and electrical safety codes, standards and specifications which address the safety hazards associated with the widespread implementation of electric vehicles.
  • Review progress to fill identified gaps in these codes, standards and specifications (i.e. changes/enhancements and/or new standards), and identify new gaps that have arisen.
  • Review progress to fill related gaps in research, training, and communications.
  • Refine and enhance the previously established action plan to fill these gaps for necessary standards development and associated support activities.

The four major aspects of the safe deployment of electric vehicles that will be addressed in this summit are:

  • SDO Standards and OEM manuals which address safety in the vehicle
  • SDO Standards which address emergency response to vehicle accidents;
  • SDO Codes and Standards which address the infrastructure surrounding electric vehicles (recharging stations, home recharging, battery storage, etc); and
  • Other related Codes and Standards (for example those developed by the insurance industry).

Activities/Format and Outcome:

  • Building on the progress that has been made, the Summit will consist of a series of presentations, panel discussions, and facilitated group review by key stakeholders in each of the four topic areas above. The Summit will include an assessment of existing standards in that area, review of standards development activities ongoing, identification of potential gaps, and review of progress to fill those gaps. Gaps may also include standards needed in other related areas.
  • A final plenary session will summarize the results of discussions in each topic area.
    1. The outcome will be a refined action plan for standards development and associated supporting activities to facilitate the safe implementation of electric vehicles.
    2. A final report of the Summit which will include white papers, presentations, discussion and the action plan will be prepared and published.

About NFPA:
The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

The world's leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.

NFPA membership totals over 75,000 individuals around the world.

About SAE
SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In MotionĀ® and the Collegiate Design Series.