Fleet Electrification – Is Infrastructure Investment Looking at All the Risks?
With the Government committing £1.6bn to EV charging infrastructure in the UK the race to electrify is in full swing. Local authorities,...
The EV-EXBOX team bring together over 30 years of experience in dealing with safety & environmental management.
With a background founded in the design & maintenance of petroleum filling stations our key objectives were always the prevention of fire or explosions, no harm to the public & protection of the environment. To ensure these goals were achieved the risks were first designed & engineered out.
As the number of EV hubs & charging locations has increased dramatically we have been deeply concerned that virtually no consideration has been given to these same risks.
Fire, explosion, harm to the public & environmental pollution are all very real risks to EV hubs & charging locations.
The EV-EXBOX provides your locations with an affordable & highly effective encapsulation agent for EV and hybrid vehicle fires. The EV-EXBOX is designed to aid fire fighters in the rapid knockdown of fires to protect your assets, the public and the environment.
An EV or hybrid vehicle fire can result in the creation of over 10,000 litres of highly toxic fire water. Our firewater pollution prevention survey will identify the immediate run off pathways into the environment both above and below ground. Firewater pollution is a legal offence.
Our bespoke fire water pollution prevention installations meet the needs of each individual site. We provide manually operated valves, fully automated web-enabled valve closure systems & surface water retention schemes to mitigate the risk of firewater pollution.
At EV-EXBOX we fully support the move to cleaner fuels. The transition from the internal combustion engine (ICE) to electric vehicles (EV) is an important stepping stone.
However, in the rush to roll out EV charging hubs & charging locations no consideration has been given to fire suppression or environmental protection.
Today fires are a rare occurrence but as charging infrastructure & EV vehicles get older, battery related fires will become more common.
Improvised cable repairs, cable theft, cheaper counterfeit cables & an unregulated second hand battery market will all increase the risk of thermal runaway & fire in the future.
The demand for faster charging will put more strain on the batteries themselves. Small car park shunts, road traffic accidents, potholes & speed bumps will also add to the deterioration of the lithium-ion battery over time.
With EV charging facilities now being installed in basements & multistorey car parks, the consequences of an EV fire will become even more serious.
Many structures were never designed to withstand the extreme heat of an EV fire. Existing sprinkler systems are now outmoded. The level of toxic smoke & explosive gases emitted from an EV fire have not been considered.
The main risks of petrol filling stations was always explosion, fire & environmental pollution, but they were designed out. With EV charging hubs & locations, the same or even worse risks are present. They have not been designed out.
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