Fuel efficiency rules in US mandate passenger vehicles to achieve 54.5 mpg average by 2025. Meeting this big challenge requires new technology, including large reductions in vehicle mass. Is a lighter vehicle less safe in crashes? What does it imply for manufacturers and for customers? How important is vehicle’e mass in assessing product liability? Should the vehicle’s mass be considered a factor in investigating accident causation and the injury causation?
Several cases of fires in EVs have been widely publicized in the media recently. How important are these issues? Is this a case of newer technologies receiving more intense scrutiny? Crash- and functional safety issues for vehicles with high-voltage batteries are discussed in this article.