D’Ieteren Immo: quarantine boxes for faulty EVs and hybrids
The real estate division of the D’Ieteren Group in Belgium, D’Ieteren Immo, has developed a quarantine box for faulty electric and hybrid cars. The prefabricated concrete box is be delivered in one piece and fulfills the safety requirements for the temporary isolation of damaged high-tension vehicles for dealerships located in urban areas.
When hybrid or electric cars develop faults with their high-tension systems or lithium-ion batteries, manufacturers require proceeding to an isolation period for safety reasons before any interventions. Dealerships must, therefore, place the vehicle in a parking space with a 5-meter security perimeter around it.
Out of the box
For dealerships with enough space, providing dedicated parking spots to such quarantine zones is easy. However, for those located in urban areas, that requirement comes with difficulties. The real estate division of the D’Ieteren Group in Belgium, D’Ieteren Immo, has developed a prefabricated quarantine box to deal with that issue.
“In partnership with Betonal, we have developed a box to isolate vehicles and their batteries and not contaminate other vehicles. The solution is valid for electric and hybrid cars,” details François Lieven, Head of Property at D’Ieteren Immo, in a recent press release.
Made out of concrete, the box is delivered on-site in one piece and only requires one meter of safety space around it. Furthermore, it is connected to the building’s fire detection system and, thanks to a specially developed barrier, can partially immerge the vehicle inside in water.
As the industry shifts toward electric and plug-in hybrid cars, the risk of fire, related to a damaged battery, especially with lithium-ion cells, increases. This innovative and pragmatic solution helps dealerships located in urban areas to comply with the latest safety regulations.