In the Netherlands, training company, Innovam, has developed a training course with AR functionalities (‘Augmented Reality’) for the safe dismantling of EVs.
This training is for vehicle dismantlers who need to be able to safely dismantle electric and hybrid cars. During this training, the dismantler will learn which versions are available in e-vehicles and learn to recognise the High Voltage (HV) components. This will help the dismantler to better understand the risks and how to disassemble an e-vehicle in a responsible and safe manner.
An important topic in this training is how to handle different e-vehicles and how to use the manufacturer’s disassembly instructions from IDIS. In this way, the dismantler will comply with the NEN 9140 standard with regard to the safe and competent dismantling of electric and hybrid vehicles (ev-VP, specifically for dismantling e-vehicles).
Who is it for?
The training has been specifically developed for car dismantlers who need to be able to safely disassemble e-vehicles and the associated HV components.
Nico Kraak, one of the company’s trainers, who teaches employees of car dismantling companies how they can safely de-energise an electric vehicle (EV), told Green Light (by ARN):
“In addition to the usual practice and theory part of the training, we have a number of tablets with which you can start the AR app. When you do that, a car is projected into space. The participants can use this app to find out experimentally how things work. What happens if I switch on the ignition, drive or apply the brake? How do those flows work? We also have a number of real-life electric vehicles here. If you do something wrong via an app online, just press reset and you can start again.”
“The first thing we do is de-energise the vehicle. The electrical energy contained in the battery is then no longer connected to parts of the vehicle. Only when the battery no longer applies voltage to the rest of the vehicle, can the safe disassembly begin. The training is partly online and partly physical. If you de-energise an electric car on a screen, there is no pressure on it. This is different if you are standing next to a vehicle and have to take that measurement. Then you see those boys looking: did I do it right? You push it through with an app. When in doubt, you don’t cross the road in practice, but maybe you do in an app.”
What will the dismantler learn in the training?
The training consists of an e-learning, theoretical and practical part and the following topics are covered:
- Recognize and name the EV components of an e-vehicle;
- What the safety risks are of working on e-vehicles;
- Which safety measures must be taken when working on e-vehicles;
- How to determine the (safety) condition of an e-vehicle using risk analysis. With these results you decide to disassemble the e-vehicle or to store it in a safe place;
- To estimate whether there is an electrical or fire hazard;
- What personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary when working on HV systems;
- Which requirements the PPE and the tools to be used must meet;
- Check the condition of your PPE for safety;
- How to secure (interrupt) the HV system using the manufacturer’s disassembly instructions (IDIS);
- Know and perform the importance of measuring battery temperature;
- What risks there are when storing (damaged) HV batteries.
More information about this training can be found here.