When it comes to electric cars, they’re not exactly everything they’ve been cracked up to be.
Many states lack the power grid to support an all electric fleet of vehicles. The replacement cost of the batteries is astronomical. And now, owners must fear the possibility that their car could actually EXPLODE!
I know what you’re thinking, “fat chance”, right? Obviously this sounds like something straight out of a movie scene. But I assure you, this isn’t science fiction. This is cold hard fact.
Fox News explains:
A top Florida state official warned Thursday that firefighters have battled a number of fires caused by electric vehicle (EV) batteries waterlogged from Hurricane Ian.
EV batteries that have been waterlogged in the wake of the hurricane are at risk of corrosion, which could lead to unexpected fires, according to Jimmy Patronis, the state’s top financial officer and fire marshal.
“There’s a ton of EVs disabled from Ian. As those batteries corrode, fires start,” Patronis tweeted Thursday. “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,” he continued in a follow-up tweet. “Thanks to [North Collier Fire Rescue] for their hard work.”
It takes special training and understanding of EVs to ensure these fires are put out quickly and safely. Thanks to @NCFRPio for their hard work. #Hurricanelan pic.twitter.com/oN0RvQTG2U
— Jimmy Patronis (@JimmyPatronis) October 6, 2022
Patronis published a video of firefighters in Naples, Florida, battling a fire started from a Tesla EV’s battery. A bystander is overheard in the video saying that the crew had used hundreds of gallons of water attempting to put the fire out.
Last week, Hurricane Ian pummeled cities along Florida’s west coast including Naples and Fort Myers, making landfall as a Category 4 storm. The hurricane caused more than 100 deaths and over a million residents to lose power.
It is unclear how many EVs were impacted or destroyed by the storm.
Will Biden Take Responsibility?
I can’t help but wonder if Biden will own the fact that he’s been pushing Americans to replace their current vehicles with EVs. In fact, he wants EV sales to make up 50% of the market share by 2030. He’s even implemented a tax credit of up to $7,500 per EV purchase in the recent “Inflation Reduction Act,” (which, by the way, is failing to reduce inflation).
However, before taxpayers jump at the credit, consumers should really do their research. I was shocked to learn that the cost of simple maintenance is almost as pricey as the actual car.
In a recent article, I wrote:
Did you see the recent tweet showing what a person was charged to replace the battery in their Chevy Volt?
Tweeters Weigh In
Luckily, common sense doesn’t escape all of us. It still exists, even in the Twittersphere.
This can be extremely dangerous. Tesla has both a disconnect cable inside the hood for this AND an online resource for firefighters, but it’s doubtful many have been trained or even encountered this to be aware @elonmusk
— Data Hamster (@jarrardenator) October 6, 2022
The great battle of the 21st century will be against politicized pseudoscience.
EVs are the masks of the climate change religion in that there’s no data they do anything positive. But unlike masks they can be a hell of a lot more dangerous in some situations.
— Cogito Ergo Sum (@CogitoInGa) October 6, 2022
the e-waste these vehicles create (at the beginning of life cycle in the mines to the end fire/battery disposal) is 100000000000x worse than petroleum lifecyle impacts.
Petroleum is pretty-much plant-based (mostly algae decomp over thousands of years)
— 🇺🇸 (@TheBourbonette) October 6, 2022
Everyone buy an EV now! Save the environment!
*fine print* But be careful of the exploding batteries….
— trust the science 🇺🇸 (@2forhooking2022) October 6, 2022
The push for EV’s is to keep people from being so mobile. Nothing to do with the environment.
— russell johnson (@russell50034368) October 6, 2022
I must say, that’s an intriguing theory. I often tell my family that I would hate an electric car because gas-stops on road trips would suddenly go from five minutes to two or three hours. Who wants to travel like that? But I never stopped to think maybe that’s the point- immobilizing a nation fed up with its government.
Either way, you won’t catch me driving a car that needs a $10k battery and might explode if we come into contact with mother nature. This mama has four-wheel drive, need I say more?