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Crash Safety of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles


During recent years, electric vehicles have achieved an ever-increasing importance for the automotive market. In addition, established OEM suffer increasing pressure by new competitors with innovative vehicle concepts. A compliance of restrictions for CO2 emissions in EU from 2020 on will not be possible without electrified power trains. All mayor OEM offer an increasing variety of hybrid vehicles (HEV), plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) and pure electric vehicles (BEV). Also a first offer of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) is in the market. Market acceptance and consumer demands exceed delivery capacity for some models. In 2019 more than 2 million electrified vehicles (BEV and PHEV) were sold worldwide. For 2020 more than 5 million are expected. The breakthrough of the automotive electrification is evident. For the development of future vehicle generations, the integration of electrified powertrains has not to be considered, it?s the baseline. Nevertheless, several challenges for vehicle safety arise with new these technologies. Electric shock risks on high-voltages systems, fire hazards in case of lithium-ion batteries and risks of rupture in case of gas tanks are the most important issues here. For every mode of drive, specific drive components and their particular safety requirements are described. In addition to common rules and standards, specific needs based on real-life accidents are being discussed. For all relevant vehicle components the respective safety requirements, safety concepts and exemplary safety initiatives will be discussed. The state of the art concerning test standards, verification methods and possibilities for virtual safety will be shown. Future trends will be presented with the help of current research projects and results. Practical experience of rescuing, recovering and towing of electric vehicles complete the spectrum of accident safety.

Who should attend?

The seminar addresses development and research engineers as well technicians in the fields of testing and engineering with electric vehicles. Due to its current relevance the course suits young professionals as well as experienced engineers who want to deepen their knowledge in this field.

Course Objectives

Participants will get an overview about automotive safety of electric vehicles and will learn the special challenges and solutions which come along. Participants will be able to apply test methods and safeguarding concepts and to pursue development strategies in a target-oriented way.

Course Contents

  • Overview alternative drive systems: hybrid, electric vehicles, fuel cell, gas vehicles
  • Challenges for vehicle safety
  • Legal requirements and standards, safety requirements for real-world accidents
  • Safety of high voltage systems
  • Battery safety
  • Gas tank safety
  • Fuel cell safety
  • Structural safety
  • Safety concepts
  • Rescuing, recovering and towing of electric vehicles

Rainer Justen
Mercedes-Benz AG

Justen Rainer Justen has 30 years of experience in the field of vehicle safety. After his studies in mechanical engineering with a focus on automotive engineering he started his career in the automotive development at Daimler AG in 1987. Several career milestones in the fields of vehicle safety, project management, safety concepts and active safety / driver assistance systems made him an expert on all relevant topics of automotive safety. Since 2008 he is working in the field of safety for alternative drive systems. Rainer Justen is author of numerous publications and papers on this topic. In 2015 Rainer Justen received the SAE Automotive Safety Award for his work on the Safety of Li-Ion Batteries in Electric Vehicles from the American Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Date Language Price Code
19 Nov - 20 Nov 2024 Deutsch 1390 EUR  (1690 EUR from 23 Oct 2024 ) 4299
Alzenau ( gmbh, Siemensstraße 12, 63755 Alzenau) » Register
Rainer Justen (Mercedes-Benz AG)
Seminar hours  
Tuesday 10:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 15:30

This course is available as an in-house seminar. The trainer comes to your site - you save travel expenses and travel time. Get an offer.

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Dr. Dirk Ulrich
Phone.: 06023 - 96 40 - 66

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