February 6, 2023

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Firefighters need 2 hours and 45,000 liters of water to extinguish a Tesla|  Mobility

Firefighters need 2 hours and 45,000 liters of water to extinguish a Tesla| Mobility

The fire brigade initially turned up with one fire truck, but it turned out to be unable to put out the burning Tesla. Eventually, reinforcements had to be called from three fire brigades, who needed a total of 45,000 liters of water to extinguish the battery fire. The extinguishing process took several hours.

It quickly became clear this was no ordinary car fire, the Morris Township Volunteer Fire Company said on Facebook. The hot lithium-ion battery kept igniting over and over again. The fire service described the burning wreck, “If it weren’t for Rims you would never have known that the pile of charred remains was once a vehicle.”

Hole in the battery and catch fire

The Tesla Model S caught fire after being hit from below, possibly by something that shouldn’t have been on the road. As a result, the battery was pierced at the bottom and caught fire. The three occupants escaped unharmed, and no other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Electric cars are no more sensitive to fire than cars with a combustion engine, but in the event of a fire, it is usually much brighter. This is because a chain reaction can occur in a lithium-ion battery, which is difficult to control. To completely extinguish the fire, the cars were sometimes immersed in a vat of water for up to a week.

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