Electric Bus Fire Prevention and Risk Management

The objective of this research is to develop a guide to lithium-ion battery transit bus fire prevention and risk management with recommended practices for original equipment manufacturers, battery companies, transit agency facilities, and vehicle maintenance. The focus should be on zero-emission transit bus fire prevention and risk management. A parallel project is addressing power generation, distribution, and charging infrastructure; institutional relations; and operations. At a minimum, the research team shall (1) review the potential root causes of ZEB lithium-ion battery fires, including an analysis of the potential of such fires to spread to other vehicles or reignite after suppression; (2) evaluate risk mitigation options; (3) identify, evaluate, and summarize effective practices for fire risk mitigation and suppression, focusing on agencies that store and charge their buses in indoor facilities; (4) identify quantitative and qualitative metrics that can be used to evaluate vehicle and battery performance as they relate to fire and life safety; and (5) address the technical, economic, and institutional barriers to implementing identified solutions.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project E-14

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Start Date: 20221108
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01789266
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project E-14
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 22 2021 10:05PM