Thousands of electric vehicles are exploding in Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, which caused waterlogging in the batteries of these cars. Reportedly, fires in electric vehicles are difficult to extinguish due to their lithium-ion batteries.
Electric Cars Exploding in Hurricane Ian
Florida’s chief financial officer, Jimmy Patronis, stated waterlogged batteries of electric cars are vulnerable to corrosion, which is the major cause of explosions in most cars.
A top Florida state official warned Thursday that firefighters have battled a number of fires caused by electric vehicle (EV) batteries waterlogged from Hurricane Ian. https://t.co/2llkWLD99N
— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) October 7, 2022
Patronis also added thousands of electric vehicles malfunctioned due to Hurricane Ian, which poses an unprecedented challenge for firefighters of the state.
Likewise, Patronis suggested fire in car batteries cannot be extinguished without proper training and knowledge about electric vehicles.
So, Patronis said he is proud of all the fire workers for their consistent hard work in making the lives of the people safe. In addition to that, Patronis tweeted a video of some firefighters who were trying to tackle the fire in a Tesla electric vehicle.
A person standing near the destroyed car was heard saying that firefighters used hundreds of gallons of water to extinguish the fire.
Florida has almost 100,000 electric vehicles which is the second-largest for any state in America. It still remains unclear how many electric vehicles were destroyed by Hurricane Ian.
Florida EVs are catching fire after being flooded by salt water, which is a particularly good conductor of electricity. https://t.co/uXtiNPpFjy
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) October 7, 2022
Biden’s Push for Electric Vehicles Still Continues
The disastrous news about electric vehicles came at a time when Biden is trying to push his climate change narrative amid a dangerous hurricane in Florida.
Recently, Biden declared climate change made Hurricane Ian possible, adding it is time to take decisive actions against fossil fuels emissions.
After assuming the presidency, Biden announced he is aiming to ensure 50% of new car sales should be of electric vehicles by 2030. Many blue states, particularly California, already agreed to embrace this progressive climate policy of promoting electric vehicles.
In August, California decided it would ban the sales of new fossil fuel vehicles after 2035. California’s regulations are being adopted by many other states as well.
Apart from that, congressional Democrats passed the Inflation Reduction Act recently, which also brought new incentives for consumers to purchase electric cars.
One provision of the IRA allows consumers to claim a tax credit of $7,500 on the purchase of electric vehicles.
Different statistics also reveal more consumers are now buying electric vehicles, compared to traditional cars.
As per the data of Kelly Blue Book, 5.6% of new cars purchased from April to June were electric vehicles, which was slightly greater than the frequency of EV purchases in the first three months of the year.
Vehicle experts suggest electric vehicle fires are less frequent in most cases, but these fires are harder to extinguish, compared to the fires of gas-powered and hybrid vehicles.
Lithium-ion batteries in EVs constantly fuel the fire, which is the biggest challenge for firefighters.
This article appeared in The State Today and has been published here with permission.