The SafeEV project aim is to develop new advanced simulation and testing tools at improved protection of pedestrian and occupants of small electric vehicles. The approach towards improved crash safety for future small electric vehicles are:
  • SEVs will have a very stiff and lightweight structure. The hard crash pulses have to be absorbed therefore by highly efficient and intelligent restraint systems.
  • Active systems like autonomous braking systems will come into market and together with integrated and also pre-active restraint system the loadings to occupants can be limited to accepted thresholds.
  • The compatibility is addressed in a global way, so that revised test conditions and criteria will shift some of the burden of the SEVs towards a heavier opponent. This global approach of handling compatibility has to be addressed for (new) standards for the classic vehicle fleet as well.
Finally SafeEV provides a best practice guideline for the virtual testing of SEV’s. Those recommendations will include the test scenarios and the evaluation criteria as well as the advanced evaluation methods for pedestrian and occupant protection. This guideline will be disseminated to the relevant stakeholders as basic towards the virtual certification of small electric vehicles by 2025+.