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Electric car fires: A burning issue

The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles has published guidance on electric vehicle fires in covered car parks

14 August 2023
Covered Car Parks: Fire safety guidance for electric vehicles
Covered Car Parks: Fire safety guidance for electric vehicles

 

Fires in multi-storey and underground car parks present a number of serious challenges to designers, operators and firefighters. Dangers include the spread of flames between vehicles, the build-up of smoke and the difficulties of fighting a fire in an enclosed area.

The manner in which petrol and diesel vehicles burn has been studied over decades and is reflected in design guidance, but the fire safety implications of electric vehicles (EVs) and their associated charging infrastructure present...

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