Dealing with accident-damaged electric vehicles and defective batteries

Online Seminar
Participation fee: 595 €

Based on the structure of EVs and their components and systems, the main hazards and safety measures in case of accidents with electric cars are covered. This covers electrical safety, battery fires and chemical hazards as well as the basics of firefighting and deactivation of energy storage devices.


Thomas Franta
State Office for Central Police Services NRW, Duisburg

Thomas Franta (Jg. 1977), Police councillor, head of the sub-department 31.4 “Vehicle Technology, Automotive IT” at the LZPD NRW. Project manager of the NRW police state project “Cooperative Mobility in the Digital Test Field Düsseldorf (KoMoD)-Polizei”. In 1998, he joined the higher police service of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and studied at the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration in Münster (Diplom Verwaltungswirt FH). Subsequent assignments in guard and change service, operational training and riot police of the Dortmund district police authority. 2016-2020 Advancement to the higher police civil service with studies at the German Police University (M.A.).

Christian Geib
Stadt Ingolstadt

Thomas Methling
Vehicle Engineer, State Office for Central Police Services NRW

Thomas König, M. Sc.
Ingolstadt University of Technology

Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Schweiger
Automotive Electronics and Electromobility, Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences

Rüdiger Wollgramm
Retired Senior Police Director, State Office for Central Police Services NRW, Duisburg

Until retirement at the end of July 2019, Head of Division for Police Traffic Affairs in the Ministry of the Interior of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Head of the project group “Automated Driving – Traffic Police Implications” at federal level and representative of traffic police affairs in the “Network Police and Mobility”. Prior to that, Head of the Hazard Prevention/Intervention Directorate at the Duisburg Police Headquarters and of Department 3 (Intervention Technology, Technical Intervention Support) of the NRW State Office for Central Police Services (LZPD NRW). In a subsequent position as a retired civil servant, member of the “Landesamt für Zentrale Polizeiliche Dienste NRW” (State Office for Central Police Services of North Rhine-Westphalia) and head of the Traffic Working Group of the Police Trade Union (GdP – Landesgruppe NRW -).

On the topic

In this seminar, practitioners from the fire brigade, police, rescue service and other organisations involved in accidents (e.g. fire) of hybrid and electric vehicles (EV) will be provided with knowledge on how to handle these vehicles. The technical basics of these vehicles and the dangers they pose are considered. Based on this, recommendations are given for the operational tactics of the fire brigade, the police, accident analysts and other parties involved in such accidents. The focus is on self-protection and the deactivation of vehicles. Other aspects of electromobility on the future everyday service and the organisation of the rescue forces will also be discussed.

You will receive:

  • First-hand practical knowledge on dealing with e-cars involved in accidents
  • comprehensive material
  • Presentations by many of the groups involved


Online seminar, 09:00 to 17:00

  • Basics of electric vehicles and HV safety
    Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Schweiger
  • Basics Lithium-ion cells, battery fire and chemical hazards
    Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Schweiger
  • Fire fighting electric vehicles
    Christian Geib
    Stadt Ingolstadt
  • Police-specific scopes
    Thomas Franta, Thomas Methling, Rüdiger Wollgramm
    • Police and electromobility (keynote speech)
    • Technical and operational requirements
    • The impact of technological change
  • Accident analysis, transport and evidence recovery on electric vehicles
    Thomas König, M. Sc.
    Ingolstadt University of Technology
  • Discussion


The knowledge imparted in this seminar enables practitioners to make informed decisions when dealing with hybrid and electric vehicles that have been involved in accidents. They know the technical basics of the vehicles, the dangers they pose and ways to protect themselves from these in the everyday life of the rescue forces. Likewise, they can assess the further influence of electromobility on future practical work and develop implementable solutions.

Circle of participants

  • Firefighters
  • Police officers
  • Rescue forces
  • Emergency doctors
  • German Federal Agency for Technical Relief
  • Towing company
  • Car repair shops
  • Accident assessor
  • Experts
  • Car recyclers
  • Decision-makers
  • Technical managers and multipliers from these areas