187 – Electric Vehicle Basics, Lesser-Known Incidents, Armored Market

In this week’s show, we share information on electric vehicle basics and another report on the armored vehicle market. We also share lesser-known incidents and four new books authored by ISDA members.

Armored Vehicle Market Report and Ballistic Standards

A recent PR Release from a company marketing a comprehensive study of the Luxury “Bulletproof” Vehicle Market – yes, the study used the word Bullet Proof. We could do a lengthy podcast about marketing and sales types using the word bulletproof. It’s like when bodyguards call themselves executive protection professionals. 

The PR release says that the Luxury Armored Vehicle Market will grow “at a good pace” in the years 2021 to 2026. That pace, depending on which report you go by, could be anywhere between 2% and 6%. 

By the way, if you want to buy this report and others like it, it will cost you thousands of dollars. 

We agree that the use of armored vehicles is growing, but the most recent ISDA Executive Vehicle Survey results indicated that there was a decreased use of armored vehicles in the past two years. Since the survey included the Pandemic years, that data point may not be indicative of future sales.  

Why is this important? 

The predicted sales growth means at some point in the near future you may be driving an armored vehicle. Now is a good time to get an understanding of the dynamics of armored vehicles. More importantly, get trained on how to drive one.

Confusion with Ballistic Standards

We have found that for many years we have been involved with armored vehicles that there is a great deal of confusion concerning Ballistic Standards. 

For those practitioners involved in Secure Transportation and who have a need or may need armored vehicles, I would suggest downloading the Ballistic Standards App from Teijin. We have posted this app in the past, but we feel like we should share the app with our Podcast audience. The app makes it easier to find the specific data you require relating to international ballistic standards. The app provides up-to-date figures of major international standards for different ballistic protection applications, including soft and hard ballistic protection. 

The app is available for free on Android and iOS platforms. Download the app or the poster via the link below. A link is in the show notes.


Electric Vehicle Basics

The ISDA Executive Vehicle survey results indicated that the use of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles for Secure Transportation is minimal. But, according to an analysis of data from Kelley Blue Book, in the second quarter, total new-vehicle sales jumped by 50%, growing notably from the small base of quarter two 2020 Pandemic Edition, but electrified vehicle growth was 201%, reaching beyond 375,000 combined EVs and hybrids. 

There is no question that Electric Vehicles are coming to the EP and Secure Transportation profession.  But there seems to be confusion about Electric vs. Hybrid  – the Charging Rate, and the Range.

How does the electric car engine work?

Electric cars function by plugging into a charge point and taking electricity from the grid. They store the electricity in rechargeable batteries that power an electric motor, which turns the wheels. Electric cars accelerate faster than vehicles with traditional fuel engines – so they feel lighter to drive.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

There is three electric vehicle charging speeds:

  • Slow – typically rated up to 3kW, often used to charge overnight or at the workplace. Charging time: 8-10 hours.
  • Fast – typically rated at either 7Kw or 22kW. Tend to be installed in car parks, supermarkets, leisure centers and houses with off-street parking. Charging time: 3-4 hours.
  • Rapid – typically rated from 43 kW. Only compatible with EVs that have the rapid charging capability. Charging time: 30-60 minutes.

How does charging work?

You can charge an electric vehicle by plugging it into a public charging station or into a home charger. The issue is finding charging stations and the time it takes to charge an EV.

EVs and their range

How far you can travel on a full charge depends on the electric vehicle. Each model has a different range, battery size, and efficiency. The perfect electric car for you will be the one you can use for your normal journeys without having to stop and charge up halfway through. 

What types of electric cars are there?

There are a few different types of electric vehicles (EVs). Some run purely on electricity; these are called pure electric vehicles. And some can also be run on petrol or diesel; these are called hybrid electric vehicles.

  • Plug-in electric – This means the car runs purely on electricity and gets all its power when it’s plugged in to charge. This type doesn’t need petrol or diesel to run, so it doesn’t produce emissions like traditional cars.
  • Plug-in hybrid – These cars mainly run on electricity and have a traditional fuel engine, so you can use petrol or diesel if they run out of charge. These cars will produce emissions when running on fuel, but when they’re running on electricity, they won’t. Plug-in hybrids can be plugged into an electricity source to recharge their battery
  • Hybrid-electric – These run mainly on fuel like petrol or diesel and have an electric battery, which is recharged through regenerative braking. You can switch between using your fuel engine and using ‘EV’ mode at the touch of a button. These cars cannot be plugged into an electricity source and rely on petrol or diesel for energy.

Lesser-Known Incidents 

There are many unknown or not widely known incidents. Some of the incidents had an impact on the profession others were hardly noticed. There are a significant number of security events that fly under the radar. 

One of them was the Kidnapping of Cindy Crawford. In June 1996, Cindy Crawford was kidnapped as she left the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris by an imposter posing as her Chauffeur. The kidnapper’s accomplice spotted Cindy boarding Concorde in New York, on her way to Paris for a modeling assignment.

When she landed, the imposter told Cindy her regular driver was sick, and he’d been sent to pick her up. After they had driven out of the airport, Crawford became suspicious after the car headed the wrong way, and she asked to know where they were going, 

The chauffeur calmly replied that he wasn’t a chauffeur at all and that she was being kidnapped, ” she said. When the car slowed, in highway traffic, Crawford leaped out of the vehicle and returned to the airport where she alerted police.

Special edition of the EPST Magazine -Four Lesser-Known Incidents.


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Four New Books by ISDA Members

Over the past year, four books have been published that have significantly impacted the Executive Protection and Secure Transportation Profession, all authored by ISDA Members.  It is indicative of the quality of the ISDA Membership. 

The Professional’s Guide to Planning, Managing and Providing Secure Transportation by Joseph Autera

Relying on lessons learned from decades of planning, managing, and providing secure transportation, as well as training others to do the same, this book explores the strategies and tactics that have been proven effective at providing the framework needed to successfully manage and mitigate those risks


The Protector by Mary Beth Wilkas Janke

The Protector: A Woman’s Journey from the Secret Service to Guarding VIPs and Working in Some of the World’s Most Dangerous Places tells the exciting and inspiring story of how Mary Beth learned to navigate a male-dominated field with grit, integrity, and courage and reveals how the ability to bounce back from adversity can transform even the worst setbacks into epic growth.


Baselines of Behaviors – The Art of Nonverbal Communication by Luke Daniel

Whether Sales is the name of your game or you find yourself in a leadership position, communication is a key factor in producing the end result. Effective communication can lead to results faster and with less stress, which is a fact we all know. But did you know that 55% of all communication is nonverbal?


Introduction to Executive Protection IV Edition

The “Introduction to Executive Protection” is now in its 4th edition with over 65% new material. Dale June and Elijah Shaw

The book is packed with tips for successfully navigating the corporate, celebrity & dignitary sectors; the reader will find in-depth discussions on a variety of topics, ranging from setting up estate security plans to working in and around private jets. The world is changing daily, and as both an educational and resource tool, this book is sure to provide new outlooks for both the experienced and the newcomer alike.


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