After hurricane Ian hit, there were multiple reports of flooded electric vehicles igniting and going up in flames.
With or without a flood, exploding EVs aren’t as uncommon as you may think.
We’re going to explain why flooded electric cars catch fire and why EV fires are much harder to extinguish than conventional gasoline-powered cars.
There were also multiple reports of Tesla’s catching on fire as the flood waters receded. And those weren’t the only cars to catch fire.
After the hurricane, if your EV was flooded or if it got flooded later, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association recommends that any flooded EV should be kept at least 50 feet away from structures, cars, or anything else that can easily catch on fire.
Despite firemen using tens of thousands of gallons of water to cool the batteries in the EV, the batteries reignited over and over again.
So what’s more likely to catch fire after a collision? Gas, electric, or hybrid? The answer may surprise you. Most fires reported are not from gas-powered cars. It’s not EVs, either. Actually, most fires reported are from hybrid cars.
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