Electrostatic discharge issues in electric vehicles

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Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is an important issue in any motor vehicle. Anecdotal reports abound of cars with spark ignition hazards because of fuel tank designs, and even toll collectors reluctant to collect money by hand from certain late-model cars. As electric vehicles move from the laboratory and test track to the production floor and showroom, ESD concerns take on a new context and become more critical. In this paper, the attributes of electric vehicles that give rise to concerns about ESD are introduced. When the concerns are taken into account, certain basic design constraints become evident. A candidate design is analyzed for its ESD properties. Some common design practices can create reliability problems because of ESD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1245-1250
Number of pages6
JournalConference Record - IAS Annual Meeting (IEEE Industry Applications Society)
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995
EventConference Record of the 1995 IEEE Industry Applications 30th IAS Annual Meeting. Part 3 (of 3) - Orlando, FL, USA
Duration: Oct 8 1995Oct 12 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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