The Volkswagen ID.3 was standing at a charging station in Groningen when it caught fire on Saturday 14 August. The driver had just disconnected the charging plug and put her child in the back seat. At that moment she saw smoke coming from under the ID.3. She quickly got her child out of the car and called the fire brigade.
Volkswagen to investigate brand ID.3
As can be seen on images from Meternieuws, the Volkswagen burned down completely. A Nissan Leaf that was behind the ID.3 at the charging station was damaged by the heat. Volkswagen informed BNR today that it will investigate the cause of the fire.
Electric cars go up in flames more often
There are many known cases of EVs going up in flames. And that creates a problem for the fire service. A lithium-ion battery burns extremely fast, extremely hot and can be difficult to extinguish, because the fire water is difficult to get to the cells of the battery.
Battery is very difficult to extinguish
An electric car whose battery is smoldering currently has to be submerged in water for more than a week to fully extinguish it. Otherwise the fire just flares up again and again. The fire brigade even has special containers for it.
EVs in parking garages are a fire hazard
Charging stations for electric cars in parking garages are a fire hazard, according to the Institute for Physical Safety. The organization is working with the Netherlands Fire Brigade on an information sheet about the issue. The organization gives tips to garage managers: place EVs as close as possible to the entrance or exit, provide smoke detectors at the charging stations and place an emergency button.
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