Firefighters are sounding the alarm on this terrible problem facing electric vehicles

The number of electric vehicles on the roads is growing after Joe Biden boosted them.

Now an awful reality about them is being exposed.

And firefighters are sounding the alarm on this terrible problem facing electric vehicles.

The growth in electric vehicles is creating new challenges for firefighters

Supporters of electric vehicles like to portray their mass adoption as a painless switch.

But fire departments across the country are facing new problems because of the growing numbers in their communities.

The fire department in Hackensack, New Jersey, responded to a fire in a parking garage to discover an electric vehicle on fire.

Firefighters spent seven hours and used thousands of gallons of water to make sure the vehicle’s battery didn’t reignite.

Hackensack Fire Captain Peter Rocco told the Bergen County Record that fighting electric vehicle fires brings a whole new set of challenges.

“What happens in the battery, it goes into a thermal runaway — the battery just keeps generating its own heat,” Rocco said. “It takes a long time to cool that down. We’re talking seven hours of an inch-and-¾ hose line just flowing water.”

The batteries contain a tremendous amount of energy to power electric vehicles.

“Fires in electric vehicles burn much hotter than those in conventional gas-powered cars and are more challenging to extinguish fully. The temperature of an electric vehicle fire can reach 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit, compared with 1,500 degrees in a gas-powered car fire,” the Bergen County Record reported.

Putting out the fire of an electric vehicle can take ten times the water of a gasoline-powered car.

And the batteries can reignite up to 30 days after the fire broke out.

Fire departments need specialized training to deal with electric vehicle fires 

Firefighters need specialized training and equipment to be able to fight electric vehicle fires.

Their batteries are at the bottom of the vehicle – close to the ground – and protected with a protective case surrounding them.

That’s why it’s difficult for firefighters to reach the source of electric vehicle fires.

“Inside are thousands of lithium-ion cells that allow the battery to store energy. If a fire ignites, heat can continue to spread through the cells — a phenomenon called thermal runaway — and there is a danger of reignition hours after the fire appears to have been extinguished,” the Bergen County Record stated.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor of fire science Glenn Corbett – a volunteer firefighter – said there really aren’t any established protocols for dealing with electric vehicle fires.

“You get these reignition issues, where you think the battery fire is out, but it really isn’t,” Corbett explained. “Lithium batteries are everywhere. The fire service has to catch up — we have to figure out how do we deal with this. For the most part, there is no standardized process.”

Corbett is worried about electric vehicle fires spreading to apartments and other buildings constructed from wood.

“That does worry me that we’re going to have one of these EVs in a garage and have the fire spread to the building itself,” Corbett said. “Then you’re dealing with a difficult-to-put-out fire, and once it gets into the wood structure, you have a whole other set of problems.”

The risks and hazards of the transition to electric vehicles are only starting to come to light.

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