Recently a man in Florida was killed as his Tesla caught fire along I-75. ABC- 7 reported “The car veered onto the shoulder and into a ditch before hitting a tree. The car caught fire; the driver was unable to get out and died at the scene. The man has not yet been identified.”
This comes as electric vehicle fires are wreaking havoc in the sunshine state. Electric vehicles are particularly hard to put out so Florida fire departments have been scrambling to handle these issues.
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer & State Fire Marshal, Jimmy Patronis released several statements and videos showing the challenge the state is facing in battling these cars.
“There’s a ton of EVs disabled from Ian. As those batteries corrode, fires start,” Patronis tweeted. “That’s a new challenge that our firefighters haven’t faced before. At least on this kind of scale.”
“It takes special training and understanding of EVs to ensure these fires are put out quickly and safely,” “Thanks to [North Collier Fire Rescue] for their hard work,” he continued.
This has exposed an extreme issue in EVs that has not been addressed by the major manufacturers.
“A Tesla submerged by hurricane floodwaters saw its lithium-ion battery corrode and go up in flames, causing firefighters to dump a staggering 1,500 gallons of water on it to put out the blaze,” Dot.LA reported.
The Biden administration and many parts of the country are attempting to start a complete shift to an electric vehicle world, supporting their “environmental safety” as their main talking point. This mission has been met with many setbacks.
A headline issue came earlier this year, as California residents were asked not to charge their electric vehicles to conserve energy and to prevent strain on the state’s power grid over the Labor Day weekend, officials said this amid a brutal heatwave just days after the state announced a plan to ban sales of new gas-powered cars.
The California Air Resources Board announced a new policy that will require all new cars sold in California to be free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 as part of an effort to fight climate change.
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