In E-Bulletin 40

Applus+ Laboratories holds electric vehicle fire test

On Thursday 23 September 2021, Applus+ TST (an Applus+ Laboratories fire laboratory) organised the first fire test of an electric vehicle inside the tunnel of the San Pedro de Anes Experimental Centre. The test was carried out by HISPAMAST and the Bolzano fire brigade (from Italy). As it was such an important event, a lot of different fire brigades were present to observe, including those from Madrid, Gijón and Oviedo City Councils, the Cordoba Consortium, Malaga and the Provincial Consortium of La Coruña, amongst others. Local authorities were also present.

The test involved an electrical vehicle with a fully charged battery, in which a short circuit was simulated. The fire was then extinguished and the waste managed, with water collected in a stainless steel container. The test allowed the emergency services to learn first-hand how to manage this type of emergency inside a tunnel, with the ventilation and limitations that they might encounter in a real situation. The operatives were pleased to experience this real case scenario and gain an understanding of the issues involved.

As the automotive market’s unstoppable movement towards electrification continues to gather pace, this type of training becomes more and more important for the safety of infrastructures and for all for the people involved in potential incidents.