In a gondola accident, things can get fiery speedily — it doesn’t matter if you’re driving a Tesla Model X electric car or a traditional gas-fueled Honda Civic.
That’s what happened in a fatal accident in Florida over the weekend. A guy accelerating in a Tesla Model S lost restrain and drove into the median and some trees. His car burst into flames, and he died.
In an email statement, a Tesla spokesperson said, “We are deeply grieved by this accident and our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy. We have reached out to the local authorities to offer our cooperation. We is recognized that rushed is being investigated as a factor in this crash, and know that high speed conflicts can cause a flame in any type of car , not only electric vehicles.”
Car flamings after a disintegrate are all too common: The National Fire Protection Association( NFPA) employs accidents as the reason for 3 percent of vehicle attacks for any type of vehicle. But with an electric vehicle, the car can burst into flames hours after the initial fire. The NFPA sets out training materials for electric and hybrid vehicles for all of these reasons. In the Florida crash, which happened at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, the Model S obstructed burning in the police tow yard into early Monday morning.
The same happening was the case with another Tesla Model S in December, in Silicon Valley. The vehicle burst into flames again hours after an initial vehicle fervor was put out. The operator was not harmed.
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After the Florida crash, Davie Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Robert Diferdinando told the Sun-Sentinel , “We got a problem where the car continues catching fire because the battery pack itself hasn’t drained yet.” He went on to explain that the battery still has power after the fiery clang and continues activating flames.
Tesla is well aware that this is how electrical vehicle batteries behave after a crash. In its online emergency response guide for 1st and 2nd responders, it clearly states, “battery volleys can take up to 24 hours to extinguish” and alarms about potential “re-ignition.”
The guide volunteers tips and methods to safely extinguish the flares. In the Florida incident, dominions were in touch with Tesla representatives, who relayed helpful information to put out the fire once and for all.