“Authorities said that the fires don’t happen immediately, but tend to break out several days or even up to two weeks later.”
I don’t own an EV, and I have no plans to buy one. Ever. They are super expensive, super heavy, super inconvenient, and now, apparently, super flammable.
Some electric vehicles in Florida are bursting into flames after coming into contact with saltwater. Residual saltwater particles left behind on flooded batteries and battery components can conduct electricity, resulting in short circuits and eventual fires. Safety officials are urging EV owners with vehicles that flooded to take action now as fires can ignite weeks after flooding.
These spontaneous fires can occur up to two weeks after the hurricane’s water surge, so authorities are warning EV owners to park their cars at least 50 feet from any structure.
Owners were being warned to move their EVs at least fifty feet away from any structure. That’s how serious of a fireball can be created. Authorities said that the fires don’t happen immediately, but tend to break out several days or even up to two weeks later. Apparently, as the salt water dries up it can leave behind a trail of salt that can form a “bridge” between the terminals of the EV’s batteries. And if that causes the electricity to arc across, your battery is burning and you’re off to the races.
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