OT: fires in gas powered cars

It says the 300,000 Teslas on the road have been driven a total of 7.5 billion miles, and about 40 fires have been reported... compared to a rate of 55 fires per billion miles traveled in gasoline cars."
Are Electric Cars More Likely To Catch Fire? CNN Business - May 17, 2018 --.https://money.cnn.com/2018/05/17/news/companies/electric-car-fire-risk/index.html#:~:text=It%20says%20the%20300%2C000%20Teslas,miles%20traveled%20in%20gasoline%20cars .
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
In alt.home.repair, on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 21:39:49 -0700 (PDT), snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

I've had tires on my gas-powered cars for years and I don't think the cars would roll very well without them.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:39:52 PM UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

I have used LiIon batteries for many years with no problems.
So the claim that electric cars more likely to catch fire is bogus.
Have a great evening.
Andy
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On 2020-07-24 22:07, AK wrote:

I would hate to see what happens to those LiIon batteries in a collision. Boom!
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 1:54:18 AM UTC-4, T wrote:

I know a guy who had an electric car about 15 years ago. He rear-ended a truck and ended up welding the front of his Prius(?) to the truck's back bumper.
Cindy Hamilton
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On 7/25/2020 1:07 AM, AK wrote:

Couple of years ago the news seemed to have some disaster related to the batteries every few days. Planes catching on fire phones burning down the house. Now nothing.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Regular cars had their share of problems to but it was still usually electrical. I think it was the Fords that were having electrical fires because of a bad ignition switch or something. The gasoline just makes that fire more exciting. OTOH so are LiIon batteries. Once one of them fails, it is going to burn until it depletes the charge and water is not going to help the situation. I smacked an old I phone battery with a hammer and it was very exciting. It sparked and arced for about 3-5 minutes and burned a hole in the grass about 3 feet around. That was a bad battery that wouldn't hold a charge. Makes me wonder what a good one will do.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
snipped-for-privacy@aol.com says...

That brings up a question for me. Will water put out a LiIon battery fire or does it take special chemicals, or does it just burn to all the chemicals in the battery have reacted ?
I know some elements will burn if water is added or will burn under water.
I could just imiange what enough to power a car could do.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Sat, 25 Jul 2020 16:57:08 -0400, Ralph Mowery

Having dropped that little BB sized piece of lithium in a beaker of water in high school I decided water was a bad idea.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Sat, 25 Jul 2020 21:42:40 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com posted for all of us to digest...

Toyota has held fire fighting schools at the county level for years and I believe Tesla is now doing it also. Basically, don't get too close and let it burn.
The last problem prior to electric cars was ethanol. It causes a lot of fires because of leaks and flammability. Fire engines had to be equipped with foam eductors for use of foam on car fires. The eductors are expensive and nobody gives the foam away, which takes up a lot of space on the equipment. Used to be able to use water on a car fire and fill up at the hydrant for no cost - not anymore.
All electric cars have a disconnect for the batteries. You don't just cut the cables anymore. FF's have to do it or risk getting the airbag tuneup. Also the tow companies better respect it or risk a fire on the top of flatbed.
--
Tekkie

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Site Timeline

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.