Fire Fighting
Q-Container ®
Automatic, safe, environmentally friendly:
The compact and encapsulating quarantine area for electric cars

Q-Container: Quarantine container for electric cars

Automatic, safe, environmentally friendly.

Electromobility is developing rapidly and the number of registred e-cars is rising constantly. More and more car manufacturers are therefore expanding their e-fleets. Although electric and hybrid vehicles are good for the environment, they present a new and technically difficult challenge in the event of an accident. Car manufacturers, towing services as well as car repair shops also need to retrofit and create a safe place in their facilities for damaged e-cars. 

The management of electric cars and their batteries is currently a very difficult and controversial topic, driven by fears related to the “thermal runaway” phenomenon. Guidelines for the management of such situations have recently been defined by automotive manufacturers.

This is exactly what the EmiControls Q-container was developed for: It is a safe place for all types of electric cars that need to be under observation for a certain period of time.

Why does an e-car need to be quarantined?

The batteries of electric and hybrid vehicles can potentially self-ignite after an accident, for example, if the protective mechanisms of the battery are impaired by an impact and the battery pack is deformed. This can generate a lot of heat, which ignites one or more battery cells. This can lead to a so-called "thermal runaway": one cell ignites the next. In this case, extinguishing with conventional methods is very difficult, because not only the fire itself has to be extinguished, but also the battery has to be cooled down to a temperature below the critical ignition temperature - and this over a longer period of time. Even if an e-car does not immediately start to burn after an accident, the vehicle must still be parked and observed for a certain time to ensure that chemical reactions in the battery do not ignite the fire.

Furthermore, it is critical to note that as a result of mechanical shock or other anomalies electric vehicles and HV batteries carry the risk of self-ignition even hours or days after the actual event. This is why technical quarantine areas (TQA) were established.

Main technical specifications

The Q-Container has been developed observing all technical specifications needed for TQAs (Technical Quarantine Areas). Q-Container, which is designed using the same principles as a shipping container, is equipped with cutting-edge detection and sealing systems that allows it to instantly identify and properly handle any phenomena connected to “thermal runaway”.

Due to its compactness, our solution can reduce the net surface of an open TQA by up to 90 % while still meeting the strictest fire protection standards (EN 13501). Furthermore, the Q-Container enables you to properly manage contaminated water and eliminate any environmental risks associated with it.

External dimensions approx. 6.900 x 2.550 x 1.800 mm
Internal dimensions approx. 6.500 x 2.300 x 1.550 mm
Volume approx. 23 m³
Weight approx. 4.000 kg depending on version
Sub-frame made of INP180 reinforced in the middle area; mounting fittings for hook system according to DIN30722-1 as well as DIN14505 (fire department standard)
Water Inlet and outlet for water
Cable winch Pulling device by electric winch
Monitoring system Customized (smoke detector, flame detector, thermal imaging camera)
Coloring and marking Tank can be completely (inside and outside), double primed and painted in one color RAL shade as desired
Ligth LED headlights
Other equipment External connections for fire department
Brochure quarantine container (3.69 MB) download

How to recognize a potentially damaged e-vehicle battery?

  • Reports of faults in the high-voltage (HV) system
  • Severe damage, especially in the battery area as well as underbody damage
  • Deployed airbags
  • Steady increase in/or greatly increased temperature (> 60°C) of the battery
  • Unusual odor, leaking of liquids or smoke from the housing