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If it happens, stay away

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by David99, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. David99

    David99 Active Member

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    I'm not here to troll or spread FUD. We all know car fires with EVs are less likely than ICE cars catching on fire. They are extremely rare and are usually caused by some serious physical impact or force. But if it happens, just stay away!

    I just found a video of a small electric bike on fire and found it very interesting and eye opening. The guy does the right thing. He uses a hose and puts lots of water on it. That is the official protocol for fire fighter when dealing with an EV on fire. The water doesn't put out the fire, it helps cooling down the cells that are not on fire yet and hopefully they won't start burning. It is close to impossible to extinguish a Lithium battery fire as it produces it's own Oxygen. The video just shows how, despite putting lots of water on a small battery pack, you can't put it out. t just keeps going. If you are ever in a situation where you witness an EV on fire, just stay away and cut your losses. A massive battery pack is impossible to put out.

     
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    There should be a port or pipe somewhere on the car where firefighters can connect their hoses and it is dumping water straight inside the battery pack, not just splashing over the outside of it.
     
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  3. ElectricIAC

    ElectricIAC Devil’s Advocate

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    I’ve considered installing mounts for fire extinguishers in our model 3’s like we do in my day job’s fleet vehicles.
    May not make a huge difference but I happen to have a few spares in our storage room beside the garage.

    Any ideas on good interior mounting points?
     
  4. David99

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    A hand held fire extinguisher will do nothing if you car's battery is on fire. A burning Lithium battery has it's own fuel and Oxygen and will keep burning no matter what you put on it. Powder or CO2 or Halon, makes no difference.
     
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    #5 user212_nr, Jan 3, 2020
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    He didn't want to move it because he had his phone in his left hand and it would have ruined his shot. Well at least we have the video.

    He also wasn't able to adjust the nozzle from Jet to Spray because he had his phone in his left hand.

    I'm sure everyone has seen this already, but here is how the "pros" do it.



    1. Take outside
    2. Let it burn
    3. Wait for FD (or garden hose in this case)
     

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