President Joe Biden, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg all are urging people to purchase electric cars in the near future, and Newsom even plans to stop the sale of gas-powered vehicles in 2035. Electric car owners need to be prepared for the possibility that the car will explode if the battery is too wet.
Florida's Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal, Jimmy Patronis, posted on Twitter Thursday:
There are a ton of EVs disabled from Ian. As those batteries corrode, fires start. That’s a new challenge that our firefighters haven’t faced before. At least on this kind of scale. #HurricaneIan
It's difficult to discern exactly what's being said in the video he attached to the post. The reporter does seem to be saying “So they’ve already put on 1,500 gallons of water on this and it’s still going.” The firefighter on the scene responded, “Oh, and this will burn for days.”
That’s not helping the environment.
The issue is caused by the infiltration of water into the lithium battery, which leads to corrosion, and can then lead to a fire. Hurricane Ian struck Florida last week, inflicting massive destruction and killing more than 100 people. Authorities were on high alert, however car explosions were not a big concern.
American electric vehicles aren't alone in this issue. The Indian English-language newspaper, the Deccan Herald, details many reports of electric scooter battery explosions, which can lead to death.
However, the cases don't seem to be involving water, therefore they're not like the Florida instances. It's still a cause for concern, though.
For the second quarter of 2022, EV sales across the U.S. accounted for about 5.6 percent of the market. Mike Miller of RedState wrote a devastating criticism about EVs in July, where he said that two studies have shown they're not actually more environmentally friendly and have more issues with quality than gas-powered automobiles. Miller informed readers about a National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) report that concluded that:
Researchers specifically pointed out that despite being treated by regulators as “zero-emission vehicles,” electric cars are not emissions-free. Charging an EV increases electricity demand. Renewal resources supply only 20 percent of the country’s electricity needs. The remaining 80 percent were generated by fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas, despite billions of dollars in green subsidies.
He also analyzed an article by J.D. Power:
Owners of electric or hybrid vehicles cite more problems than do owners of gas-powered vehicles. The latter vehicles average 175 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100), hybrids average 239 PP100, and battery-powered cars — excluding Tesla models — average 240 PP100. Tesla models average 226 PP100. Given the average cost of an electric car is roughly $60,000, about $20,000 more than the cost of a gas-powered car, it seems owners of EVs didn’t get the value they deserve.
Electric vehicles might one day be safe and practical for more people to purchase. However, there are numerous issues like car explosions, environmentally harmful graphite mining, the distance you're able to drive, and the places you'll have to recharge. Incredibly, California asked residents in August to not charge their cars since the power grid was not able to manage it.
“[The EV push] is really kind of a con job,” Myron Ebell, the director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment, told FOX Business in July. “It may be a good deal for some people in some places under some circumstances. But by and large right now, it’s not a good deal.”
Particularly in the event that it is exploding.