Electric Vehicle Safety Seminar at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
Saturday, April 15th, 2023 9am- 11am
Long Beach Convention Center,
Rooms 203 A,B&C
(Check-in at 8:30am)
This year at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, we will address a topic of growing importance, Electric Vehicle Racing Safety, at our annual Stand 21, Racing Goes Safer seminar on Saturday, April 15th , 2023.
This topic should be of interest to those at the track who inspect race vehicles and provide
safety response during competition, as well as drivers and crew with these vehicles. With more EVs and electric hybrids showing up at track days and competition events, now is the time to learn more about the special precautions that need to be taken as routine, or when something goes wrong with this new technology.
We have engaged Eric Huhn of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to speak at our
Long Beach safety seminar. Eric will be covering the basics of working around high voltage and amperage hardware, procedures to follow, precautions around production EVs like Teslas, preventing battery fires, and in the worst case, addressing runaway battery fires. He will cover what we know at this point in this emerging area, and what has been learned by the FIA in Formula E.
Eric is the Facility and Laboratory Safety Engineer for the William States Lee College of
Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is responsible for developing safety protocols for research activities involving emerging technologies. He has also been working closely with the SAE to improve safety procedures for the Formula SAE student competitions. He is a firefighter/EMT and a member of the Charlotte Motor Speedway Track Services team.
Here’s an opportunity to learn more about this new frontier of vehicle tech, and what we know about safety around it today.
Special Guest: Jacky Ickx – Legendary six-time Le Mans victor, Can-Am champion, the runner-up in the 1969 and 1970 Formula 1 World Championships for Brabham and Ferrari, twice World Endurance champion and Paris-Dakar winner will tell stories of daring and dangers in those times.
Note: This event is FREE to attend. However, you must have a track credential or General Admission ticket to gain access to the Long Beach Convention Center.