Last week in Newark, New Jersey, a 2022 Tesla Model 3 reportedly caught fire and was completely destroyed after the electric vehicle crashed into road debris.
Immediately after the Tesla collided with an object on the road, the electric car began warning that it was in serious trouble, at which point the driver pulled over, called the authorities, and the battery pack began to smoke and then burst into flames. I got out of the car before I could. according to, report By InsideEV.
Photos and video footage were provided to the media by first responders at the scene of the incident.
The newspaper said the Tesla fire in New Jersey was reminiscent of the initial vulnerability of EVs, in which “multiple vehicles crashed into road debris and burst into flames,” and that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHI) This led to an investigation by the NHTSA. .
The final solution was to “add a titanium plate and aluminum deflector under the vehicle to better protect it from debris strikes,” InsideEVs reported, adding that it worked.
Unlike gasoline-powered vehicles, the Model 3 continued to emit smoke and burst into flames many times after the fire was extinguished, making it very difficult for the Newark Fire Department to extinguish the fire.
As Breitbart News previously reported, putting out fires in electric cars is not an easy task, as the lithium battery’s electrolyte reaction makes the fire extremely difficult to put out. Additionally, fires are known to spontaneously rekindle after up to a week.
Additionally, electric vehicles are proving to be a new challenge for firefighters, as demonstrated during last year’s Hurricane Ian in Florida. During this time, several electric cars caught fire after being flooded with water during the storm.
“There are a lot of EVs that have been disabled by Ian. When the batteries corrode, it starts a fire. This is a new challenge that firefighters have never faced before, at least not on this kind of scale,” Florida said. State Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said at the time.
Days before a Model 3 caught fire in New Jersey, another Tesla exploded into flames on a busy highway in Australia’s southern Highlands, leaving firefighters with another difficult task to extinguish the fire.
Firefighters had to bring in water trucks and use more than 1,585 gallons of water to extinguish the fire, which took at least 30 minutes to bring under control.