The Japanese government is to create guidelines to ensure the safety of electric vehicle conversion -- the modification of a gasoline-powered car to an electric vehicle.
A petroleum-powered car can be converted to an electric vehicle by replacing its internal combustion engine and fuel tank with a motor and batteries.
Electric vehicle conversion is growing popular and there are various ways for conversion. Some of them are feared to cause serious accidents, such as electric shock.
The transport ministry and an association to promote the use of electric vehicles have been considering safety standards to address such problems.
The proposed safety measures include covering high-voltage cables with orange-colored electricity-resistant film and displaying regulations.
Batteries are required to be installed inside the vehicle body to protect them from damage in the event of a car crash.
The authorities will also require the installation of lamps and other devices warning drivers that their electric vehicles are ready to move. The machines emit no noise when their motors activate.
Sunday, March 06, 2011 14:48 +0900 (JST)