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Electric vehicle explodes inside owner’s garage

The homeowner of an electric car was forced from his home at 6 a.m. when the vehicle caught fire in his garage and exploded while firefighters waited for help.

At 6:08 a.m., firefighters responded to a distress call from an alarm company in Boulder, Colorado, to a family’s home. Upon arrival, firefighters noticed an electric vehicle in the garage emitting smoke.

The call was changed to a “Fill-the-Box” incident when firefighters requested additional resources. The car exploded in the garage while firefighters waited for help. boulder fire rescue I reported it using my X account.

“It sounded like a plane had crashed here and exploded,” the neighbor said. ABC Denver 7.

There were no injuries to the crew members, and all residents were safely evacuated. Firefighters then worked to ventilate the house, which was filled with smoke. They then carefully removed the exploded vehicle from the garage along with another family vehicle of unknown type.

The police department has begun an investigation into the cause of the fire.

Electric vehicle fires are by no means unheard of. However, although fire officials did not specify the make and model of the car, several people who read the article noted that the car in question appeared to be a hybrid rather than a fully electric vehicle.

Several online detectives pointed out that Volvo XC40 Recharge The model that caught fire and exploded was a hybrid electric vehicle.However, the vehicle still costs about $75,000. 78kWh Lithium ion battery.

Therefore, despite the distinction, the vehicle will still have a large battery at its base. Under car frame. It can also be charged like a fully electric car using a plug-in DC charger.

This incident is another example of how lithium-ion batteries still appear to be not completely safe for users. In 2022, four people died at an electric bike repair shop in New York City.

“It’s clear that this was caused by lithium-ion batteries and e-bikes. There were a huge number of both batteries and e-bikes,” he said. FDNY Fire Chief Laura Kavanaugh.

The number of fires caused by rechargeable batteries in New York City jumped from 30 in 2019 to 220 in 2022, according to a new analysis. Firefighters have warned that lithium-ion battery fires burn longer, hotter and are harder to extinguish than regular car fires. safely. Since 2019, 669 accidents have been discovered between New York City and San Francisco, resulting in hundreds of injuries.

Most of these batteries also come from China. control 83% Top of the lithium-ion battery market.

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