Electric vehicle fires are very rare. The risk for petrol and diesel vehicles is at least 20 times higher

Fri, 20 Oct 2023 11:50:10 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Two electric vehicle fires have been reported in Australia this week. Five
cars were destroyed after a lithium battery ignited in a car parked at Sydney
Airport on Monday. Firefighters believed the battery had been detached from the
car because it was damaged.

On the same day, another vehicle caught fire after it hit debris on a road near
Penrose in the New South Wales southern highlands. It’s believed the debris
pierced the battery pack, starting a fire.

Despite these incidents, electric vehicle battery fires are rare. Indeed, the
available data indicate the fire risk is between 20 and 80 times greater for
petrol and diesel vehicles. Fire risks are also greater for electric scooters
and electric bikes.

However, battery fires do pose particular problems, which I’ll discuss later."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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