With the ongoing surge in electric vehicle (EV) adoption, Honeywell is leading the charge in bolstering safety standards within the entire spectrum of EV manufacturing and usage. The company’s cutting-edge lithium-ion (li-ion) battery safety sensors are pivotal in identifying potential battery fire hazards, ensuring driver safety. Additionally, Honeywell offers a comprehensive suite of personal protective equipment (PPE) and gas detection solutions to protect workers in EV facilities.
“As global EV sales exceeded 10 million vehicles last year, it’s evident how crucial they are in realizing a sustainable future for transportation,” stated Sarah Martin, President of Honeywell Sensing & Safety Technologies. “However, safety must not be compromised in our pursuit of sustainability. Honeywell’s range of solutions promotes safer EV production and operation, propelling the future of the transportation industry.”
The EV market in India is poised for remarkable growth, with a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 49% from 2022 to 2030. India is aggressively working toward achieving its goal of a 30% EV market share by 2030. Electric scooter adoption is also on the rise, with over half of India’s three-wheeler vehicle registrations being electric in the past year. The electric two-wheeler market is expected to surge by 27.3% to reach USD 6,161 million by 2030.
The increased demand for gigafactories—massive battery plants and EV manufacturing facilities—has resulted in a growing need for jobs in this sector worldwide. In India, it is estimated that an additional 10 million direct jobs and 50 million allied jobs may be required in this field by 2030.
However, this industry’s rapid expansion also raises safety concerns. Li-ion batteries that power EVs can experience rare but dangerous “thermal runaway” incidents, leading to severe and prolonged electrical fires. Workers involved in battery assembly face potential risks like hand injuries, exposure to hazardous chemicals, and the threat of electrocution.
Honeywell’s Safeguards for EV and Scooter Drivers:
- Honeywell battery safety sensors, when integrated into EV and scooter battery packs, detect thermal runaway risks, providing early warnings to passengers and helping manufacturers comply with international battery fire safety standards.
- Through a strategic partnership with Nexceris, the developer of Li-ion Tamer lithium-ion gas detection solutions, Honeywell is working on sensors that can detect early indicators of thermal runaway in EV and scooter batteries, potentially averting costly property damage and driver injuries.
Honeywell’s Protections for Electrification Workers:
- The battery assembly process carries inherent risks, including exposure to toxic and flammable chemicals and “arc flash” incidents. To address these risks, Honeywell offers electrical safety gear, portable and fixed gas detection technologies, and a range of PPE, including gloves, face shields, and dielectric boots for high-risk areas like electrode mixing, coating, drying, and cell finishing.
“As a leader in EV and scooter battery safety, we aim to drive the electric mobility revolution in the country by enhancing safety standards, offering innovative solutions, and assisting our customers in navigating the challenges of the rapidly evolving electric vehicle market,” emphasized Ashish Modi, President of Honeywell India.
As EVs and electric scooters continue to gain prominence in India, the government has introduced new safety guidelines for vehicle and passenger safety. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) in India has mandated new safety requirements for EVs, including the activation of advance warning indications to allow passengers to exit the vehicle five minutes before the presence of a hazardous situation caused by thermal runaway.