September 29, 2023

After India, the federal government and automotive producers in South Korea must put an even bigger deal with the security of battery packs as a sequence of current battery fires could drive down demand for electrical automobiles (EVs) and have a damaging affect on the burgeoning EV market, in response to consultants.

South Korea at the moment has about 400,000 registered EVs, accounting for 1.6 per cent of the nation’s registered passenger and industrial automobiles, amid automakers’ accelerating electrification push lately.

However battery fires in some EV fashions have sparked grave considerations amongst shoppers over the security of pure electrical automobiles, experiences Yonhap Information Company.

“The demand for security in EVs is rising larger than that for prolonged driving vary as a result of some current battery fireplace incidents,” Choi Woong-chul, a professor who teaches automotive engineering at Kookmin College, mentioned in a seminar on the sidelines of the tenth Worldwide Electrical Automobile EXPO (IEVE).

The variety of remembers involving automotive battery fires jumped to 67 in Korea in 2022 from three in 2018 as carmakers launch extra EV fashions to satisfy market calls for, Shin & Kim LLC legislation agency mentioned, citing information from the Korea Vehicle Testing & Analysis Institute (KATRI).

The variety of recalled EVs additionally soared to 205,344 from 12,264 throughout the identical interval. The affected EVs embrace all-electric and a tiny variety of hydrogen fuel-cell electrical automobiles, KATRI information confirmed.

“Confronted with public criticism, carmakers have made ‘incomplete’ remembers in lots of instances of remembers in regard to high-voltage EV batteries,” Lee Kwang-bum, an adviser on the legislation agency, mentioned within the seminar.

The federal government, carmakers and associated events must give you measures to stop such battery fires from happening so as to not lose shoppers’ belief in EVs and different battery-based future mobility options, EV-ALL Co CEO Lee Hoo-kyung mentioned.

Final yr, after a number of incidents of electrical automobile fires, the Indian authorities ordered a committee to analyze the matter over security considerations.

The Highway & Transport Ministry later launched further security provisions within the battery security requirements.


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