Waterlogged EV Batteries Catch Fire After Hurricane Ian

Photo by: STRF/STAR MAX/IPx 2022 6/5/22 An Electric Vehicle Charging Station is seen on 6/5/22 in New Rochelle, New York.

At a glance

  • Jimmy Patronis, Florida’s chief financial officer and fire marshal, said state and local officials have been dealing with an unexpected problem in the wake of Hurricane Ian: Waterlogged electric vehicle batteries have been catching fire.
  • Patronis said that in recent days firefighters have battled a number of fires caused by EV batteries.
  • Patronis tweeted: “There’s a ton of EVs disabled from Ian. As those batteries corrode, fires start. That’s a new challenge that our firefighters haven’t faced before. At least on this kind of scale.”

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