NFPA, SAE Announce Additions to EV Safety Summit

Stakeholders share information to guide development of engineering safety codes and standards

September 6, 2011 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and SAE International announce additional key speakers and special events at the 2nd Annual Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit to be held on September 27 – 28, 2011, at the Marriott Detroit Renaissance Center Hotel in Detroit, Michigan.

The 2nd Annual Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit is a continuation of the work begun at the October 2010 summit initiated to support the rapid implementation of electric and hybrid electric vehicles in North America. The 2010 summary report is available at

Safety representatives of vehicle and equipment manufacturers, fire protection specialists, electrical safety organizations and emergency responders, as well as governmental entities at the federal, state and local level involved in enhancing consumer safety and interagency communications, are encouraged to participate and contribute to the development of action plans regarding the codes and standards necessary to effectively address safety as it relates to electrified vehicles and their infrastructure.

Added to this year’s list of current speakers and categories are the following:

Regulatory Perspective:

  • Phil Gorney, U.S. Department of Transportation

Built Infrastructure: 

  • Lonny Simonian, California Polytechnic – EV Charging Codes and Standards
  • Mark Earley, NFPA – National Electrical Code® Updates
  • Seth Gerber, Consumers Energy – The utility perspective
  • Ken Boyce, Underwriter’s Lab – EVSE standardization

Emergency Responders:

  • Andrew Klock, NFPA – Emergency Responder EV Training Project
  • Bob Duval, NFPA – EV fire issues

Support and End User:

  • Bill Giorges, Michigan Towing – The tow and salvage perspective
  • Rich Gallagher, Zurich Services – Infrastructure insurance
  • Carl Rivkin, NREL – Electric highway case studies

In addition, participants are invited to attend two special events including a reception featuring a Chevy Volt Safety Walk-Through and a GM On-Star Command Center tour.

For more information about the summit and to register, visit or www.sae/org/events/nevss. The early-bird registration deadline is September 16.

To learn more about electric vehicles, please visit or

About SAE

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International’s core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International’s charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series. Visit SAE International’s website at for additional information.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Visit NFPA’s website at for more information.

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