Auto Makers Grapple With Battery-Fire Risks in Electric Vehicles

Incidents involving electric vehicles made by GM, Ford and others highlight dangers of lithium batteries By Ben Foldy Oct. 19, 2020 5:30 am ET Auto makers are confronting a new challenge in their race to sell more electric cars: battery-related fires leading to vehicle recalls and safety probes. U.S. safety regulators this month opened a probe […]


Battery Fires Put BMW and Ford on Back Foot as EVs Take Off

By David Stringer October 15, 2020, 11:00 PM PDT Updated on October 16, 2020, 12:50 AM PDT  Companies join GM, Hyundai in having models go up in flames  Carmakers, regulators act carefully as plug-in offerings soar First, Hyundai Motor Co. made headlines about its electric cars catching fire. Five days later, it was General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. The next day, […]


BMW recalls multiple PHEV models

Author: Chris Randall BMW again has a problem with the high-voltage batteries in plug-in hybrid vehicles. Due to possible impurities in the production process of the battery cells, there is an increased risk of fire in several model series. The total number of vehicles involved is 26,700 worldwide. One third of the 26,700 units affected worldwide […]


Chevy Bolt Fires Prompt Investigation by U.S. Safety Agency

By Keith Laing October 13, 2020, 6:56 AM PDT  Agency received complaints on two fires, identified third case  One person was injured in one of the reported incident The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether Chevy Bolt electric vehicles are prone to catch fire when they are parked, according to documents posted online […]


Hyundai to recall 77,000 Kona electric cars over risk of battery fire, fights LG Chem over cause

Fred Lambert Oct. 12th 2020 6:08 am ET Hyundai is reportedly preparing to recall 77,000 Kona electric cars worldwide over the risk of a battery fire as the automaker is fighting with LG Chem, the battery supplier, over the cause. Last summer, a Hyundai Kona EV burst out into flames inside a garage near Montreal in Canada. […]


NTSB Claims Half of U.S. Fire Departments Can’t Handle EV Fires

By Matt Posky on October 9, 2020 The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been outstanding when it some to destroying whatever illusions we’ve built up around ourselves in terms of automotive security. When the Department of Transportation was claiming advanced driving aids would eventually lead us to a future where car accidents were a thing of […]

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An ‘exploding vape pen’ started the fire that gutted this car, Kansas sheriff says

By Jason Tidd September 17, 2020 https://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article235922762.html An exploding vape pen started a vehicle fire in northwest Kansas on Thursday, officials said. “Did you hear the fire siren this morning?” the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. “Here’s photos of the car that was involved. Any ideas what started the fire? “It […]

Batt, Portable, Laptop, Phone

A ‘pop,’ a ‘crackle,’ then ‘fire!’: NTSB records show dramatic moments as flames swept Conception dive boat

By KIM CHRISTENSEN, RICHARD WINTON SEP. 16, 20203:16 PM Late on the eve of Labor Day 2019, as the crew of the Conception buttoned up the 75-foot dive boat, galley hand Ryan Sims plugged in his cellphone and saw sparks fly from the socket, just before he headed to bed. He later told investigators that “while still […]

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Electric Storage Explosion Highlights Danger of a Growing Technology

By Jim Sams | September 7, 2020 An investigation into the cause of an explosion at an Arizona energy storage facility that injured four firefighters confirms what engineers had feared: Packing lithium-ion batteries tightly together can spark a chain reaction that can cause catastrophic damage and endanger lives. Arizona Public Service is holding off on its plan to […]

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By Fiona Binns | 3 September 2020 Independent environmental consultancy Euomonia has set up a consortium to investigate the costs of, and potential measures to prevent, fires which are being started by lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries in waste. These batteries are found in a variety of electronics products, such as smart phones and watches, and are one […]

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Conception dive boat disaster: Feds to reveal cause of blaze that killed 34

The dive boat Conception smolders at dawn on Sept. 2, 2019, in the waters off Santa Cruz Island. (Ventura County Fire Department) By RICHARD WINTON STAFF WRITER  AUG. 31, 2020 As the anniversary of California’s deadliest maritime disaster in modern history nears, the National Transportation Safety Board announced it will hold a hearing in October to reveal […]


GM to investigate Chevy Bolt fire after Virginia woman turns to 7 On Your Side for help

by Gary Scurka and Horace Holmes Thursday, August 27th 2020 WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Hajime Rojas of Fairfax, Virginia only had her 2019 Chevy Bolt for 18 months before it went up in smoke on the Fourth of July. The $43,000 electric car caught fire in the parking lot of her parent’s home during a family get-together. “I […]


Safety questions vex battery-powered cars

By Hu Yumo  14:56 UTC+8, 2020-08-27        New technology and startups always have hiccups, and not even the development of electric cars is immune. A series of fires in China this year related to new-energy cars has raised anew public concerns about the safety of such vehicles. On August 11, a vehicle from Chinese electric car startup […]


EV fires with Chinese batteries expose technology gap

By Kim Byung-wook Published : Aug 26, 2020 – 16:50     A damaged Aion S sedan (Captured from finance.sina.com) A series of fires in electric vehicles in China recently has raised concerns over the batteries they are equipped with. According to local media reports, three Aion S sedans — Chinese automaker GAC’s first pure EV […]

Batt, Portable, Laptop, Phone, Uncategorized

Quaternary Blast Injuries in Lithium-Ion Battery Explosions

By Daniel Martin, EMT-B, PBT(ASCP) | 8.25.20 Over the last three decades, lithium-ion battery technology has increasingly provided the primary means of extended use of both industrial and consumer-grade portable electronic devices. While these devices are largely safe, they are known to carry a risk of explosions with resulting injuries ranging in severity from small superficial burns to […]

Batt, Portable, Laptop, Phone

Faulty Lithium Ion Battery Blamed for Stone Ridge House Fire

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that a Friday night house fire that displaced a family of four was caused by a faulty lithium ion battery. County dispatchers received multiple 911 calls shortly after 7 p.m. August 21, reporting heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage of a home on Trilobite Court […]

Utility and Misc

How the Energy Storage Industry Responded to the Arizona Battery Fire

Arizona Public Service’s battery fire could have slowed the U.S. storage market. That hasn’t happened. JULIAN SPECTOR AUGUST 18, 2020 By the time the results of the fire investigation were released last month, many industry changes were already underway. (Image: APS) In the first of a three-part series, Greentech Media’s Julian Spector looks at implications and […]


Ford Issues Kuga PHEV Recall Over Battery Fire Risk

11 Aug 2020, 17:34 UTC · by Mircea Panait Known as the Escape in the United States but essentially the same vehicle under the skin, inside, and in terms of exterior design, the Kuga has seen better days. Over in the United Kingdom and Europe, the Ford Motor Company has issued a stop-sale order and a recall for the […]

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Dispute Erupts Over What Sparked an Explosive Li-ion Energy Storage Accident

The April 2019 accident near Phoenix put plans on hold to further deploy battery energy storage systems across Arizona By David C. Wagman Aug 10, 2020 A little after 8:00 p.m. on April 19, 2019, a captain with the Peoria, Arizona, fire department’s Hazmat unit, opened the door of a container filled with more than 10,000 […]

Batt, Portable, Laptop, Phone

Failing lithium-ion batteries in phones, laptops, cordless tools causing fires in homes every week

ABC Sunshine Coast /  By Owen Jacques Posted Thursday 6 August 2020 A Queensland fire inspector says rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in laptops, mobile phones, power drills and toys are causing fires — some of them serious — at least once a week across Queensland. Key points: Lithium-ion batteries used in phones, laptops, cordless tools and toys are starting […]

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