2021-08-17 BEV Fires Take 40x More Water

I got in a disagreement with a guy about how dangerous hydrogen powered vehicles are. He claimed hydrogen vehicles are more dangerous than lithium batteries. I cited the fires that were occurring in Chevy Bolts recently. So here’s an article that “adds more fuel to the fire” on how dangerous BEVs are. Hydrogen burns but it’s much lighter than air so the flames go up and dissipate, whereas the lithium batteries burn in place and as the cells get too hot they burst, blowing hundreds of cells all over, spreading the fire.

It just happens that most BEVs on the roads are Teslas since they’re the biggest sellers. I would still buy a Tesla in a heartbeat, without hesitation.


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<< DinkSinger
22 Apr

If this was an ICE vehicle fire it could not be extinguished with water. (One of my favorite movies from when I was young is “Two for the Road”. There is a scene where a car catches fire. Audrey Hepburn’s character throws water on it and then declares “It likes water!” after it flares up.) Instead the fire fighters would have had to have used aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) which is a known carcinogen. Not only does it put them at risk it is a environmental danger to all those in the area of the fire especially when, as in this case, the fire is in a wetland setting.

Then there is the gasoline which itself is in the following hazmat categories:
Flammable Liquid – Category 2;
Skin Corrosion/Irritation – Category 2;
Germ Cell Mutagenicity – Category 1B;
Carcinogenicity – Category 1B;
Toxic to Reproduction – Category 1A;
Specific Target Organ Toxicity (Single Exposure) – Category 3 (respiratory irritation, narcosis);
Specific Target Organ Toxicity (Repeat Exposure) – Category 1 (liver, kidneys, bladder, blood, bone marrow, nervous system);
Aspiration Hazard – Category 1;
Hazardous to the Aquatic Environment – Acute Hazard – Category 3

Tesla is working on making BEV fires less likely. Their new design of the battery announced on Battery Day will greatly reduce the size of batteries and allow them to be positioned at the center of the vehicle where damage from side impacts will be much less likely. >>

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