Tesla Battery Reignited Multiple Times After Florida Collision
DAVIE, FL. – According to an online news story from nothwestgeorgianews.com, a Tesla vehicle’s battery reignited multiple times following a collision in Florida. The incident has people wondering again whether these electric vehicles are less safe than standard gasoline vehicles when it comes to fire potential and ability to put out fires.*
The collision in Florida, which occurred in late February, is the second deadly Tesla crash involving a subsequent vehicle fire in less than one year’s time in South Florida. At about 4:30 p.m. on February 24, a 2016 Tesla Model S that was headed north on South Flamingo Road in Davie, Florida, ran off the roadway.
The Tesla reportedly traveled over multiple lanes of traffic, then went into the median, where it hit several trees. A vehicle fire then broke out, according to the Rome News-Tribune, causing the death of the driver.
Firefighters at the scene put out the fire, but when the Tesla was transported to an impound lot, the vehicle’s battery reignited multiple times during the evening. The Davie battalion chief reported that it caught on fire at least three additional times after the initial collision. At this time, the National Transportation Safety Board has not decided whether to launch an investigation into the accident.
The incident has caused people to question the safety of Teslas and electric vehicles, which are powered by lithium-ion batteries. Safety experts say that while the batteries can generate an extreme amount of heat that makes them difficult to extinguish during a fire, they are not necessarily less safe than gasoline. More testing needs to be done to make a comparison between the two types of vehicles, experts say.
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