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Firefighters struggle to extinguish electric car fires

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Electric vehicles are an attractive choice if you want to reduce your reliance on gasoline. These vehicles use batteries to generate power instead of relying on conventional combustion engines. While your wallet may appreciate you for choosing to drive an electric vehicle, you may be in for a surprise after a collision.

It is comparatively rare for lithium-ion battery cells to burst into flames during or immediately after electric vehicle accidents. Still, according to reporting from CNBC, when electric vehicle fires start, firefighters often find them to be difficult to extinguish permanently.

The sordid history of lithium-ion batteries

You probably know that lithium-ion batteries are common in electric devices of all kinds. You may even remember a period of time when smartphones with these batteries seemingly combusted for no reason. Some of these batteries even have a history of exploding without much notice.

A hot fire source

Sparks are typically not compatible with lithium-ion batteries, whether those batteries are in your smartphone or your electric vehicle. Inside your vehicle’s power system, a spark may cause stored energy to burn. Because many electric vehicles have upwards of 7,000 lithium-ion cells, your vehicle can have trillions of energy ions that provide a ready, hot and ongoing fire source.

The danger of fire restarts

Even though firefighters may believe they have a handle on your electric vehicle fire, it is not uncommon for seemingly extinguished flames to reignite. This threat, of course, may prevent first responders from reaching you and your passengers quickly.

Ultimately, if you receive additional injuries while waiting for first responders to remove you from a burning electric vehicle, you may have grounds to pursue significant financial compensation.