In order to address the unique safety issues around electric vehicles on the race track, a one-day conference will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, in Concord, N.C.
The Electric Vehicle Safety Conference, EVRSafe, will take place from 9 a.m. (ET) to 4 p.m. (ET).
Race track owners, emergency crews and racers are being faced with more EV’s showing up at drag strips, and are wary of possible lithium-ion battery infernos or collecting a heart-stopping zap if an accident occurs.
To address those concerns, the Stand 21 Safety Foundation and UNC Charlotte’s William States Lee College of Engineering have lined up experts in this growing safety field to provide facts based on experience.
These pioneers are engaged in electric racing series and lithium-ion battery technology, and include Jimmy Lyons, Principal Program Engineer, Williams Advanced Engineering UK; Robert Bosworth, High Voltage Safety Officer IMSA; Dr. Anthony Bombik, Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering and Eric Huhn, Facility and Laboratory Safety Engineer, who are both at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
“We discovered the growing interest in EV racing safety when Eric Huhn spoke at our Racing Goes Safer safety seminar at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach in April. We are proud to help Eric and UNC Charlotte organize the EVRSafe event,” said Stand 21 Foundation President Yves Morizot.
Huhn added, “In addition to high-performance production EVs on the track, we are seeing powertrain conversion kits, homebuilt electric specials and track-only, fully electric race vehicles being developed, such as those for Formula SAE.”
The conference is open to anyone involved.