EVERSAFE’s main topics are dynamic stability, crash compatibility and battery safety. As shown in the figure below, the project has two main technical work packages that are visualized as vertical pillars. Vehicle stability and driver response addresses the driver response to failure modes in the propulsion system, i.e. focus on active safety. Crash compatibility and battery safety addresses the injury and property (battery, environment) damage that arises during and after a collision, i.e. focus on passive safety.
Strategies for exploiting the technical results are established in the horizontal actions that then result in focused research outputs into guidelines and standards. Project management is implemented through a coordinated management and communication action which ties all research activities together. More information on the individual work packages can be found below.
WP1 – Project Management and Dissemination
WP1 manages the project, including technical and financial coordination and dissemination activities. The focus of the management activities will be to facilitate data sharing between the partners and effective decision making in the project. Only essential management routines and modest dissemination efforts are anticipated reflecting the size and scope of the project.
WP2 – Vehicle Stability and Driver Response
WP2’s objectives are to deliver requirements for vehicle stability under fault conditions. Relevant fault conditions will be based on work done within WP4 (problem identification and assessment). WP2 begins with a closer detailed problem definition phase (Task 2.1), designs an experimental setup (Task 2.2), equips a test vehicle (Task 2.3), adjusts the driving simulator (Task 2.4), conducts the experiments (Task 2.5 and 2.6) and analyses and reports the results (Task 2.7).
WP3 – Crash Compatibility and Battery Safety
WP3’s objectives are to analyse how electric vehicles (EV) will fit into the existing vehicle fleet with respect to crash compatibility (Task 3.1). Automotive energy storage systems (ESS) and their protective structures will be analysed under crash loads both in experiments and simulation (Task 3.2 and 3.3). Compatibility criteria will be addressed and recommendations given for new safety standards concerning EVs and ESSs. Furthermore, guidelines will be developed for the safe handling of ESSs for post-crash scenarios (Task 3.4 and 3.5). WP3 concludes with full scale testing of a vehicle applying the knowledge gained in the project (Task 3.6) and reporting the technical findings (Task 3.7).
WP4 – Problem Identification and Safety Considerations
The objective of WP4 is to provide the technical WPs with background setting of the problem formulation regarding standards and user expectations (Task 4.1) and scenario (Task 4.2). The projects overall technical output and recommendations for requirements will be compiled as a last task in this WP (task 4.3).