Making the electric car safe

Harding, G. G.
April 1979
New Republic;4/14/79, Vol. 180 Issue 15, p29
Explains that electric vehicles need to achieve safety standards in a very short time in comparison with conventional gas vehicles, which have had 80 years to achieve present levels of safety. Lucas Batteries Ltd.'s program to design-engineer safety from the start; Difficulty of forecasting safety problems; Speed of gas dispersion under various conditions; Rate at which gas is generated when regenerative braking is used with a battery near the fully charged state; Need for very thorough ventilation of the battery compartment; Handling of battery packs.


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