Hyundai Kona EV set to stop sales in Korea following battery fires and recalls - Dec, 2020

Auto Makers Grapple with Battery-Fire Risks in Electric Vehicles - Wall Street Journal, Oct, 2020

Electric Car Batteries are Catching Fire and That Could Be a Big Turnoff to Buyers - CNN, Nov 2020

The race is on to mass produce electric vehicles with performance similar to conventional ICE vehicles. Integrating safe, next-generation, high-capacity and high-performance batteries is critical for any EV manufacturer looking to dominate in this market. But while electric vehicle manufacturers are looking to break new ground in the electric vehicle market, they have recently been hitting a bump in the road: batteries are catching fire.

  • September 2020: BMW initiated a recall in the United States of 10 different BMW and Mini plug-in hybrid models because of a risk of fire caused by debris that may have gotten into battery cells during manufacturing.
  • October 2020: The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into reports of apparently spontaneous battery fires in Chevrolet Bolt EVs.
  • October 2020: Hyundai announced that it was recalling 6,700 Kona Electric SUVs in the United States, among about 75,000 of that model to be recalled worldwide, after it had received numerous reports of vehicles catching fire while parked.
When automakers consider how many electric vehicles are on the road today, battery fires remain infrequent occurrences and it is tempting to dismiss these as isolated incidents. But hazards like these have the potential to turn prospective buyers away from the burgeoning market for electric cars.

Battery fires are a growing challenge as EV makers everywhere race to extend range and promote higher-speed charging. Such technology improvements are necessary, but the demand for steady improvement can put EV batteries under tremendous pressure, turning innovations into potential hazards.

Automotive IQ's
Global EV Battery Fire Safety Summit 2021 is a product of its time, delivering 10 solid hours of solutions-rich presentations and training specifically designed over two days, focusing on only the most important challenges in the battery safety space.

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Automotive IQ's Global EV Battery Fires Safety Summit 2021 online conference is geared to match OEM requirements with expert solutions and give solution providers the opportunity to target customers investing in safety solutions at this highly important time. If you are interested in discussing sponsorship opportunities, contact Alishba Jan on +44-797-9122- 589 or Alishba.Jan@iqpc.co.uk



Real Application Presentations Delivered on only the most critical safety topics, including:

  • Optimizing battery management systems to detect battery malfunction
  • Energy density & thermal stability of lithium-ion & solid state batteries
  • Using diagnostics to predict & control battery safety incidents
  • Battery safety hazards, guidelines, equipment and design
  • Optimizing supply chains at every level to mitigate battery safety incidents
  • Current & future safety testing standards for EV batteries
  • Post-Incident investigations in China and US - Key lessons learned

Featured Speakers

DAY ONE: THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY, 2021

9:00 – 11:00 EST
BATTERY FIRE SAFETY IN EVs KEYNOTE CASE STUDIES
PART 1: LESSONS LEARNED FROM A CHINESE VEHICLE MANUFACTURER
PART 2: LESSONS FROM A US EV MANUFACTURER

Compared to the market for ICE vehicles, barriers to the EV market are much significantly lower for Chinese EV start-ups. Given the proliferation of EV start-ups in the region, battery fire incidents have a higher frequency. In the United States, safety incidents are on the rise, with reports of fires breaking out under the vehicles backseats.
These exclusive OEM-led case study presentations will give attendees an in-depth look at the causes of battery fires and lessons that were learned after the post-incident investigations were complete.

> Was it an outlier incident?
> Was its cause related to battery cell supply chain?
> What are China’s and US’ EV battery safety standards and were they complied to in the case of the fire safety incidents?
> Did the battery management systems play any role in failing to flag up overhearing battery cells?
> What are the outcome of the post-incident investigations?

11:00 – 12:00 EST
OPTIMIZING BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS TO DETECT BATTERY MALFUNCTION 

> Understand how to utilise the battery management system’s ability to alert OEMs and consumers about emerging signs of potential malfunctions in batteries
> Learn how Vehicle OEMs can leverage such an infrastructure to communicate early warning signals
> Find out how a BMS is able to monitor cell voltage, impedance and temperature to detect suspicious cells and provide early warning well before any thermal runaway takes place

Peter Miller, Chief Engineer - Batteries, Millbrook

12:00 – 1:00 EST
ENERGY DENSITY & THERMAL STABILITY OF LITHIUM-ION & SOLID STATE BATTERIES

Increasing energy density and energy storage is not only of the biggest challenges for EV right now but also the main direction of EV battery development to date, with OEMs increasingly interested in finding new solutions to improve acceleration, range, safety and durability.

> Learn what is being done by battery manufacturers to deliver energy-dense battery packs and systems that have been developed to increase energy storage, safety, efficiency and cost savings.
> Learn more about the new chemistries and materials that are increasing energy density while improving safety.

Sachin Patil, Senior Functional Safety, Nikola Motor Company
 
1:00 – 2:00 EST
USING DIAGNOSTICS TO PREDICT & CONTROL BATTERY SAFETY INCIDENTS

As R&D companies try to create higher energy density batteries, that have a greater susceptibility to fire incidents, existing diagnostic test and models and tests that are critical to predicting such incidents must also be improved.


> This presentation looks at ways to leverage vehicle diagnostics and implement LIB safety to meet ever-increasing energy demands.

2:00 - 3:00 EST
STRATEGIES TO MITIGATE DAMAGE TO THE BATTERY & BATTERY CELLS
> Learn how to design vehicle and battery pack structure to mitigate any damage to the battery and the cell

DAY TWO: FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY, 2021

9:00 – 11:00 EST
BATTERY SAFETY TRAINING COURSE
BATTERY SAFETY HAZARDS, GUIDELINES, EQUIPMENT AND DESIGN

 
Batteries become daily use components for many applications. More than that we can say that without batteries our life will change dramatically – Just think on life with no mobile phones. In the race for energy density we sometimes forget the safety. Unfortunately we face daily safety events with injures and severe damage.

This training program focuses on portable and stationary battery safety along battery cycle life (acceptance, testing, assembly, use, transportation and disposal). The training incorporates Shmuel De-Leon and other experience on battery safety for over 25 years of work in the field. The motivation behind the training is to provide attendees with the knowledge needed to handle safely the batteries in their organization and to support reduction in safety events.

Training provides:
Full review of Root Couse for battery safety events | Guidelines on how to handle batteries safely
What to do guidelines in case of battery safety event | Check list of safety equipment needed| Fresh and updated knowledge about safety battery

Battery Safety Hazards
> Reviews all battery risks (Lead-Acid, Lithium and others…) and take an in-depth look at the causes and lessons learnt from the Boeing Dreamliner battery safety event

Battery Safety Guidelines
> Understand the main guidelines on how to work effectively with batteries and what to do when a safety event occurs

Battery Safety Equipment
> Examine the list of key safety equipment needed for working areas and battery storage warehouses

Battery Safety Design
> Understand safety design guidelines when designing a battery

EV Battery Safety
> EV Batteries differ from ordinary batteries because of their high voltage and extreme conditions to be use (Temperatures, vibration and shocks…). This final section will see a review of best practices for working safely with EV batteries

Training Course Leader: Shmuel de-leon, CEO, Shmuel De-Leon Energy Ltd.

 
11:00 – 12:00 EST
OPTIMIZE SUPPLY CHAINS AT EVERY LEVEL TO MITIGATE BATTERY SAFETY INCIDENTS

In sourcing EV batteries, and to avoid safety incidents, it is becomes increasingly important for OEMs to manage and track supply chains at every level. This involved everything from acquisition of battery-cell raw materials to placing quality control in production.

> Hear best practices on how to manage, track and optimize your supply chain to mitigate battery safety incidents, including safe shipment methods, packing requirements and actual logistical strategies.

12:00 – 1:00 EST
CURRENT & FUTURE SAFETY TESTING STANDARDS FOR EV BATTERIES
 
> Fully understand battery safety standards relating to EV battery, EVs themselves and EV buses
> Examine new standards that have the potential to open opportunities in materials for battery enclosures
> Understand whether OEMs will need to make any design changes to comply with new standards
 

Who is this event designed for & who should attend? 

    • Electric, Autonomous and Hybrid Vehicles Manufacturers
    • Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers in the EV space, including:
    • Battery and Fuel Cell Manufacturers
    • Battery Management Systems Suppliers

    • Lithium-Ion/Li-Ion Battery Companies
    • Solid-State Batteries Companies
    • Electrified Powertrain Systems and Component Suppliers
    • Thermal/Cooling Systems and Related Component Manufacturers
    • eMobility/Charging Infrastructure Companies
    • High Voltage Systems and Power Semiconductor Suppliers
    • CAE Software and Modelling Suppliers
    • Benchmarking Engineering Services Providers
    • Engineering Consultancies

With Job titles including but not limited to:

    • CEOs, VPs, Directors, Heads of, Technical Leads, Managers, Engineers, Scientists of:
    • BEV, Hybrids and Mild-Hybrid
    • Electrification
    • Batteries
    • Energy Storage
    • Cooling and Thermal Management
    • Materials
    • Research, Development & Innovation
    • eMobility & Charging Infrastructure
    • Powertrain Engineering & Propulsion
    • Systems & Control Engineering

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