Im not sure if they are including motorcycles in this article Luke.... What happens if a Zero battery catches fire?Article wrote:Tesla has the only vehicles currently on the market that are explicitly designed to tolerate cell failures safely.
I really think the big catch for electric cars and bikes is going to be battery safety. As I bring this up it will be a great time for use to work out some major issues with using the turnigy lipo we all love! I have a welder who is fast and awesome who would love to help me build battery boxes he and I have discussed me selling them and helping him design them. I think this would be an opportunity to look at how Tesla and maybe others we don't know of keep the cell fire if there ever is one from spreading to another cell or out of the box it self...A curious problem for massive multi-cell packs is what is known as thermal runaway propagation -- the sudden heat generated by a single catastrophic cell failure can potentially overheat nearby cells and create a chain reaction of failures. The released energy from a massive battery pack in runaway cannot be practically contained on a vehicle, just as a gasoline fire originating outside of the engine block is problematic for a traditional automobile. The commodity 18650 cell is often regarded as dangerous because it can be abused to the point of catastrophic failure more readily than other cell types. “Automotive” cells are held to a higher standard, using a regimen of abuse tests with strict pass/fail criteria, as part of the automakers’ specification for a cell that is compatible with their automotive environment.
There will be 2 major systems
1 the electronics to try to keep the battery in check at all times. which we know can and most of the time will fail by this I mean 99 % of the BMS's are garbage as Luke calls them battery murdering systems!
2 The case that stops a fire from spreading to the rest of the garage.. Garden shed etc.
Here is a link to inside the telsa pack on a rav4