The successful integration of electrically driven vehicles into Europe’s future transport system will depend on clear and transparent functional and safety requirements for the vehicles and their subsystems. These requirements play an important role in the transport system, in more the one way:
- The costumer needs to be confident regarding the safety of the vehicle.
- The road owner must know that vehicles conform to the infrastructure requirements.
- The automotive industry must have design standards to guarantee performance and reliability.
The Everyday Safety for Electric Vehicles (EVERSAFE) project was born from the desire to answer the needs above. The overall objective of the project is to provide safety requirements for electrically propelled vehicles, thus answering the current need for standardization within this area.
Under the scope of the EVERSAFE project, safety issues will be categorized in two groups:
- Active Safety: Under this topic vehicle stability will be addressed under fault conditions which would not arise in a conventional vehicle, i.e. failures in wheel hub motors, faulty regenerative braking systems.
- Passive Safety: Within this area, the project will focus on issues within the fields of crash compatibility (conventional fleet with EV fleet) and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) behaviour under and after crash load. There will also be an effort to develop concepts for safety regulations, handling and testing of electric vehicles.
To complement the safety analysis, there will also be a user evaluation of safety related aspects, given the importance of user acceptance in market penetration. The goal of this exercise is to identify both perceived and real safety issues that need to be addressed to facilitate customer acceptance.