Sunday, January 29, 2023

Fire crews use 6,000 gallons of water to extinguish burning Tesla Model S whose battery spontaneously combusted.

Or, 4,500 gallons of water; the story mentions both amounts.

Daily Mail: California fire crews use SIX THOUSAND gallons of water to extinguish burning Tesla Model S whose battery spontaneously combusted while driving down busy freeway.

* Fire officials said that nothing was wrong with the car before it combusted.
* Approximately 6,000 gallons of water was used to extinguish the blaze.
It is unclear what caused the blaze,[.]
Firefighters arrived at the wrecking yard to find the Tesla fully engulfed in flames. Each time the firefighters attempted to extinguish the flames, the Tesla's battery would reignite the fire.

The fire department posted an Instagram video of the ordeal, saying that even when firefighters moved the Tesla onto its side to spray the battery directly, the car would burst into flames again 'due to the residual heat.'

Eventually, the firefighters dug a pit near the Tesla and moved the burning car into it and then filled the pit with water, 'effectively submerging the battery compartment.'

The technique worked, and the fire department was able to put out the fire with no injuries and 4,500 gallons of water used - about the same amount of water used for a building fire.

Fires generated from electric vehicles can be especially hazardous, as they generate over 100 organic chemicals including some potentially fatal toxic gasses like carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide.

Hazardous chemicals and fatal toxic gasses are good for the environment! 👍


Bunkerville said...

Wow.... can't wait until there are a million on the roads.. And what do they do with the carcass?

Drake's Place said...

Bunkerville, I feel for the firefighters. What kinds of toxins did they inhale during the whole time trying to put out the fire? Hope they have high tech filtration masks to wear.

It caught for for no known reason. Yeah, that's what we on on the roads and in garages. Ooof! Insane.

Drake's Place said...

^caught FIRE for no known reason.

Peteforester said...

Looks like a Toastla tome...

Drake's Place said...

Pete, It burned up real good!

Tim said...

Wet sand. It is used to stop nuclear meltdowns. Wet sand.

Drake's Place said...

Tim, Good idea. I wonder if there's some type of foam that would also kill these EV fires.

Cederq said...

Sure wouldn't want to be stuck in one and couldn't get out, beyond crispy critter...

Drake's Place said...

Cederq, Flash fried! Just searched the answer to my own question about foam to put out EV fire and the answer is no. From firerescue1 dot com

"even if it was possible to get the foam inside the box and flood the area with foam, the foam's main purpose is typically to starve a fire’s oxygen supply, but a lithium-ion battery cell does not need external oxygen to burn. Consequently, foam is ineffective at stopping a thermal runaway."

These batteries are bad news.