Alternative Fuels, Australia, Hydrogen, Transport News

HVIA welcomes new electric and hydrogen vehicle safety standards

The new Australian Design Rules have been put in place to help improve safety for a wide range of electric and hydrogen vehicles

The Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has announced that the federal government’s infrastructure and transport department is introducing new Australian Design Rules (ADR) standards to bolster safety requirements for new electric and hydrogen-fuelled vehicles. 

The new standards include protecting users from direct contact with high-voltage live parts, battery electrolyte and compressed hydrogen leakage in case of a crash involving these types of vehicles. 

The department says that the new standards set a national approach to better protect road users, first responders, technicians and communities. 

“Electric vehicles (EVs) have lower maintenance and fuel costs and CO2 emissions than internal combustion engine vehicles, while offering an improved driver experience, which makes them increasingly popular in Australia,” the department says. 

“By moving to mandate these new safety requirements now, the federal government is ensuring Australians can continue to increase uptake and reap the benefits of these vehicles while maintaining safety as the priority.” 

The department says the new standards were called for by industry and follow extensive community consultation, which sought feedback on specific requirements such as their timing and which vehicles they apply to. 

The standards will apply to electric and hydrogen-fuel vehicles such as cars, SUVs and buses, as well as utility and commercial vehicles. 

The HVIA says that while vehicle manufacturers can meet the new ADR standards now, the first compulsory compliance will take effect from November 2024. 

The new standards also align with United Nations (UN) regulations, which the HVIA says ensures Australian consumers can access the safest vehicle from the global market at the lowest cost. 

Previous ArticleNext Article
Send this to a friend