Both vehicles caught fire, as did the house, but firefighters put out most of the blazes within 20 minutes — except the Tesla. The Tesla burned for another three hours, ultimately requiring 20,000 gallons of water to put out.Jun 22, 2021
We learned: It can take up to 10 times more water to knock down an EV fire than a standard car fire. The lithium-ion batteries can be incredibly tough to cool. Those batteries can generate enough heat to ignite themselves, even up to 24 hours after appearing to be put out.Jul 22, 2021
Tesla manufactured several Model S components out of an aluminum that was particularly susceptible to cracking, according to the investigation. When it cracked and coolant spilled onto a battery pack, it would eat away at the batteries, rendering them useless or potentially triggering a dangerous explosion.
Yes, they can. Just like petrol and diesel cars, electric vehicles carry a small risk of catching fire. Although manufacturers and battery makers have made huge strides in improving vehicle safety, a violent crash in an electric vehicle can still result in the car catching fire.
Studies show electric cars are as safe – some safer – than gas-powered vehicles. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, injury claims for electric cars are 40 percent lower than for identical gas-powered vehicles. “The likely reason is that electric vehicles weigh a lot more,” Harkey said.Apr 23, 2021
A downside to electric vehicles and self-driving cars has been a problem with motion sickness, especially for passengers. While this may not be noticeable to the driver, it is definitely an issue for many passengers. Anyone who has had motion sickness on an extended car ride knows how miserable the feeling is.Jun 21, 2021
"Normally a car fire you can put out with 500 to 1,000 gallons of water," Austin Fire Department Division Chief Thayer Smith said, per The Independent, "but Tesla's may take up to 30,000-40,000 gallons of water, maybe even more, to extinguish the battery pack once it starts burning and that was the case here."Aug 17, 2021
Average daily miles are recharged within 2 hours and even a close-to-empty 100 kWh battery can be charged fully overnight. For the vast majority of homes, charging at those speeds will not require major electrical service upgrades to 400 amps. Tesla drivers don't need to worry about forgetting to charge.
Because of this, energy remains trapped inside the battery and a process known as thermal runaway can occur, in which the battery essentially continuously overheats and over-pressurizes and is prone to fires, arc-flashing, off-gassing, and sometimes explosions.”Jul 11, 2021
Tesla's website includes a Vehicle Safety Report in which the carmaker says its EVs “are engineered to be the safest cars in the world.” The report also said between 2012 and 2020, “there has been approximately one Tesla vehicle fire for every 205 million miles traveled.Aug 13, 2021
There's no evidence that electric vehicles catch fire at a rate that's any different from internal combustion cars, but the topic has received increased scrutiny as more EVs hit the road. First responders are even being trained to handle EV battery fires since they can't be extinguished via some traditional methods.Jul 2, 2021