I’m told by “experts” that electric cars catch on fire rarely, so I can’t figure out why keep covering so many of these stories. The other day we did a story on an electric bike bursting into flames and killing an 8-year-old little girl. And then in India, the same thing happened and killed a total of 8 people. So, I am not sure what’s going on, but yet again, I have another story about an electric car — a Tesla — bursting into flames… and wait until you see how much water they had to use to put it out… not very “environmentally friendly.”
Western Journal reported that a Stamford, Connecticut, fire involving a Tesla took three times the normal effort to extinguish, according to the Stamford Fire Department.
And this fire was perhaps an easy one — the car’s batteries fell out of the vehicle onto the ground where firefighters had better access. The fire occurred Thursday morning behind a Main Street restaurant, according to the fire department’s website.
A responding fire department normally uses a single hose line, according to the department commander on the scene, Deputy Chief Eric Lorenz.
But firefighters knew electric car fires require more effort, so two more hoses were aimed at the car. “We know from other fire departments’ experiences that large amounts of water are the only solution when compared to a traditional vehicle fire,” Lorenz said.
Large amounts of water, indeed — 600 gallons per minute — and the fire took 42 minutes to put out, WTIC-TV reported.
Other vehicles in the area were far enough away from the burning Tesla to avoid damage, fire officials said.
— TeslaNews (@Teslanews10) September 17, 2022
I saw a poll yesterday from Harvard/Harris that said this about electric cars:
- 71% say they would prefer to drive a gasoline-powered car over an electric car
- 72% believe the electric grid is not ready for wide-spread use of EVs
Clearly, we’re not ready for all of this, and we may never be.
Personally, I don’t think America is an “electric car country.”
It might work for city dwellers and some affluent suburbanites, but beyond that, I don’t think it’s workable in the US as is.
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