Last week saw a new fire in a Chevrolet Bolt 2019 electric car owned by a Vermont senator, as well as another fire in a Tesla Model S Plaid in a Philadelphia suburb, which is said to have “spontaneously ignited.”
The Chevy Bolt fire gets the most attention because it happened after General Motors issued a global fire risk recall, and it also comes in the wake of several Bolt car fires.
Both General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will send teams to investigate the fire next week, according to the car’s owner, Senator Timothy Briglin.
Briglin said the fire occurred even though he had received a software update that was supposed to fix the battery fire problem, according to Forbes, and Al Arabiya.net reviewed it.
Despite the fire, he said, “I don’t think there is any doubt that electric vehicles are the cars of the future. They are easier to drive, cheaper, better for the climate, and the battery problem will be solved.”
For its part, GM issued a statement saying, “Fortunately, there were no injuries as a result of this accident. We have communicated with the customer and are actively investigating the accident and gathering additional information to understand the specific circumstances.”
The focus comes on electric car fires Although car fires are generally old, it is not clear why electric cars burn and why fires are often difficult to put out.
Which raises the question about the frequency of electric car fires compared to internal combustion cars in their traditional forms.
Tesla provided the answer to that question using the data it collected, noting that from 2012 to 2020, there was roughly one Tesla car fire for every 205 million miles driven. By comparison, data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the US show that there is a car fire in the US for every 19 million miles driven by conventional cars.
For his part, Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Safety of Washington, Jason K. Levine: “There is no comprehensive data source that we are aware of” that can compare electric vehicle fires with combustion fuel vehicles.
The other problem in electric cars is the amount of water necessary to extinguish the fire, as it uses about 30,000 gallons of water compared to 300 gallons of water for conventional cars, which means 100 times the volume of water consumed to extinguish it, and the reason is due to the need to cool the car battery in the first place.