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Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Summit
Detroit, MI

In June 2016, the Fire Protection Research Foundation and NFPA’s Alternative Fuel Vehicles Safety Training Program held an Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Summit, which included a diverse group of stakeholders focused on a review, validation and identification of gaps for emergency responder operational training materials on AFVs. These training materials are used by first and second emergency responders and others handling emergencies with alternative fuel vehicles, with an emphasis on gaseous fuels. This summit was possible through funding provided by the United States Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
The summit addressed emergency activities such as: fire events, non-fire emergencies (e.g., submersion), fire investigation, crash reconstruction, tow and salvage, extrication practices, refueling and charging infrastructure, etc. The deliverables from this summit provide a summary of prioritized needs and gaps from the perspective of emergency responder stakeholders, and promotes activities to address these needs and gaps through all possible approaches. This includes working with vehicle providers to implement inherent safety design solutions through up-front innovative design.

Emergency Response Guides
NFPA is collecting safety information from hybrid and electric vehicle manufacturers. To access these documents, visit our manufacturer web pages below:

  • Acura 
  • Audi 
  • Azure Dynamics 
  • BMW 
  • Buick 
  • Cadillac 
  • Chevrolet 
  • Chrysler 
  • Dodge 
  • Fiat 
  • Fisker Automotive 
  • Ford 
  • GMC 
  • Honda
  • Hyundai 
  • Infiniti 
  • Kia 
  • Lexus 
  • Lincoln 
  • Mazda 
  • Mercedes-Benz 
  • Mercury 
  • Mitsubishi 
  • Nissan 
  • Porsche 
  • Proterra
  • Saturn 
  • Subaru
  • Tesla Motors 
  • Toyota 
  • Volkswagen 

  • Disclaimer: This material is provided to the NFPA by various manufacturers which are identified by their logos. The views, practices, procedures and information contained within this portion of the web site do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Fire Protection Association regarding electric vehicle safety. The NFPA takes no responsibility for preparation or presentation of any information contained within this portion of the web site and specifically disclaims any responsibility therefore. All material contained herein is to be used at the end users' own risk.


    Helpful Links

    The Electric Drive Transportation Association is a great resource for learning about different types of hybrid and electric vehicles. They also have a great fact sheet, which details the numbers of hybrid vehicles on the road now and how many we can expect in the future.


    The Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC) provides information, data, and tools to help fleets and other transportation decision makers find ways to reduce petroleum consumption through the use of alternative and renewable fuels, advanced vehicles, and other fuel-saving measures.


    ChargePoint America has interactive maps to show electric vehicle charging stations in your area. This is a great way for first responders to become aware of potential hazards.


    HybridCars has detailed resources on every hybrid model on the road today. Their research section also provides great studies and surveys about hybrid and electric vehicles in relation to technology, the environment, culture, and law.


    SAE International is a great resource for safety codes and standards. They have recently developed and revised safety standards for electric vehicles.


    Electro Automotive recently posted an electric vehicle safety question-and-answer section on their website.


    AA1 Car has a helpful page about hybrid car hazards,which details potential challenges and hazards and how to address them.