According to a report released Monday by Bloomberg, recent EV fires have encouraged the Chinese government to mandate battery-electric vehicle manufacturers to re-examine and validate their safety designs.
In particular, China requires producers of electric cars to verify their designs for battery pack enclosures, waterproofing of such enclosures, high-voltage wiring and charging controllers. Companies are needed by October 2019 to finish their self-assessments.
This move by China comes after this year’s Tesla fires — one in Shanghai and another in Hong Kong — produced global news, thanks to social media video clips. A fire involving a car produced by the Chinese business NIO was the recent incident (and perhaps the last straw).
China’s mandate is also not restricted to fresh cars in manufacturing. It intends to give unique attention to severe-duty designs such as those used as taxis or delivery cars to producers.
It is uncertain what this whole process will cost car producers, but with China serving not only as the world’s largest car market, but also as the world’s largest electric and hybrid vehicle market, there is doubt that there will be a lot of pushback.
Neither NIO nor Tesla answered requests for comments instantly. – Bloomberg