This SAE Information Report identifies and defines the preferred technical guidelines relating to safety for Electric Vehicles (EVs) during normal operation and charging. Guidelines in this document do not necessarily address maintenance, repair, or assembly safety issues.
The purpose of this SAE Information Report is to provide introductory safety guidelines information that should be considered when designing electric vehicles for use on public roadways.
This document covers electric vehicles having a gross vehicle weight rating of 4536 kg (10 000 lb) or less that are designed for use on public roads.
This document was generated to provide vehicle safety criteria for Electric Vehicles. It was the intent to include Hybrid vehicles for their High Voltage (HV) systems but we now have additional variations of Hybrid Electric (HEV), Plug-In Hybrid Electric (PHEV), Fuel Cell (FCV) and Plug-In Fuel Cell (PFCV) designs to mention a few. The architecture and the size and chemistry of EVs HV source, has also significantly changed since this document was issued due to newer technologies and packaging, and alternative High Voltage sources such as UltraCaps, etc have been included in designs. This document needs to be reviewed and potentially updated to include any aspects due to these variations and additions.