Since electric vehicles‘ invention, many details have come up regarding the range of the batteries, performance, speed, and other flashy features. But what people rarely talk about is the safety of electric vehicles, especially battery handling. And this topic is something experts never seem to want to tackle. This article will highlight some battery precautions and welding considerations to keep in mind.
Safety precautions move to a whole new level when dealing with hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles. We will begin with some of the battery precautions since this section is broad, and every day we learn more about driving safety measures.
After a collision of an HEV or EV, chances are batteries are faulty or their components. And for people unaware of this fact, it poses a significant threat when handling a collision and the repairmen process. For precaution, make sure that you treat all high-voltage batteries as an unstable product.
When a collision occurs, there is a chance that some of the vehicle components may move to the high-voltage wiring harness or the battery. In that case, technicians must avoid the parts that come into contact with these high voltage wiring harnesses and batteries. Why is that? It is because, in most cases, the result is combustion or electrocution. And this fact calls for the following safety measure.
With a damaged battery, keep the vehicle at least fifty feet away from any flammable material. The key reason is that most EV batteries are almost impossible to extinguish after catching fire. In addition to that, experts must any object that could trigger the engine system far from the vehicle. Remember that you disconnect high-voltage batteries and never roll the car on its wheel since the battery system may generate a voltage. Also, technicians must invest in proper high voltage PPE, including boots, safety glasses, face shields, and gloves. Not to mention, undergo extensive training.
For wielding safety measures, you must follow the safety precautions like handling a conventional vehicle. Also, ensure that the battery is entirely and well disconnected following a manual from the carmakers. Technicians have to pay attention to details and keep each part of the car after disconnecting it from its body.
Safety for drivers and technicians is a must since they are the critical people in proper maintenance. However, this responsibility falls under every driver and technician to ensure that they are always safe.