NHTSA Clarifies Crash Requirements for Electric-Powered Vehicles
On August 23, 2019 (FR Vol.84 No. 164) the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a Final Rule (FR) (Docket No. NHTSA-2019-0009) to clarify the direct contact protection requirements for high voltage connectors in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 305 Electric-Powered Vehicles: Electrolyte Spillage and Electrical Shock Protection.
It amends the FMVSS to make clear the allowance of high voltage connectors that require the use of a tool to separate from their mating component, makes three minor technical corrections and harmonizes FMVSS No. 305 with Global Technical Regulations (GTRs) No. 13, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicles, and No. 20, Electric Vehicle Safety. The FR was based on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued February 28, 2019 (84 FR 6758).
The effective date for this FR was August 23, 2019 with compliance for amendments required August 24, 2020. Petitions for Reconsideration are due by October 7, 2019.
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