During a third annual summit October 18 sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers and the National Fire Protection Association, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Crash Avoidance Standards said that government, industry, and public safety professionals are working to ensure safety concerns are not lost as carmakers increase production of battery-powered and hybrid vehicles. The three groups have worked together to issue interim guidance on how to handle batteries in cars that have been damaged by fire or crash, and industry groups are working with the agency to develop safety standards for electric vehicles. The Department of Energy is partnering with Argonne National Labs to develop additional guidelines.