Course curriculum

    1. Welcome to this EV FireSafe short course.

    1. Electric vehicles are here!

    2. What do we mean by 'EV'?

    3. What do we mean by EV charging equipment?

    1. How common are EV battery fires?

    2. All EV battery fires start with thermal runaway - but what is it?

    3. What happens if an EV catches fire while charging?

    1. Simple steps to EV charging site safety

    2. Electric vehicle charging equipment

    3. Consider your charging location

    4. Know the signs of thermal runaway

    1. A quick note about suppression products

    1. Completion, links & resources

About this course

  • $29.00
  • 13 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content


  • What will I learn in this course?

    If you're installing residential or commercial EV charging you'll discover data-driven answers to the question 'How do I best protect my site from an electric vehicle battery fire?' This course is Australia-focused, but applicable for wherever you are in the world.

  • How long will this course take?

    We've designed this course to take no longer than 20-30 minutes, so you can fit them into your schedule. Each course comes with a downloadable checklist that provides a handy overview of what you've learned.

  • What is EV FireSafe?

    EV FireSafe is a research project funded by the Department of Defence to identify the risks to emergency responders at electric vehicle battery fires, particularly where the vehicle is connected to energised charging. You can find us at

  • What if I have a question?

    Simply head to for further details on anything discussed in this course. You can also get in touch with us via email using the contact page.

Meet your instructor

Enhancing safety at EV battery fires

Emma Sutcliffe

EV Battery Fire Specialist

Emma Sutcliffe is a EV early adopter, charging her transport & life from an off-grid home in Little River since 2012. In 2018, after working in journalism & as a volunteer firefighter, Emma co-founded an EV charging company, then went on to establish several other electric vehicle sector businesses focused on charging software, EV safety education & the conversion of classic cars to electric. Now funded by the Department of Defence, & with assistance from Deakin University, Emma & an all-female team have built EV FireSafe, a world-leading research database & knowledge hub for emergency responders attending electric vehicle battery fires. EV FireSafe aims to enhance safety at emergency incidents involving electrified transport, particularly those connected to energised charging.

Electric vehicle fire safety, made simple

Enhance safety at your EV charging site!