Electric and hybrid vehicles submerged in water must remain in quarantine: firefighters order a stop after the first fire in a concession
The measure generates a lot of discussion quarantine for electric cars in flooded areas from central-northern Italy. The order comes directly from the fire brigade and has already been communicated by the municipal administrations. The interim measure was adopted following the first electric car fire which was in the outdoor parking lot of a dealership in the province of Ravenna.
MANDATORY QUARANTINE FOR FLOODED ELECTRIC CARS ALSO IN THE UNITED STATES
Let’s be clear, electric cars can easily drive in the rain, as we have already explained. THE risk that the firefighters have decided to limit, instead, it only affects electric vehicles that have been flooded for heavy rain. We are positively surprised by how quickly the fire brigade arrived at this provision, probably also thanks to the greater attention paid to electric cars. The firefighters’ precautionary measure follows exactly what has been ordered by authorities for hurricanes and flooding internationally. For example, NHTSA did, advising what to do with electric cars flooded by Hurricane Ian. After the first fires occurred even after a few weeks of the hurricane, NHTSA ordered park outside and 15 meters buildings and other vehicles. The U.S. government’s Highway Safety Agency had determined that seawater entering cars could cause short circuits and fires caused by corrosive phenomena.
ELECTRIC CARS FLOODED IN QUARANTINE: THE OPINION OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF RAVENNA
The measure was publicly announced by the Municipality of Ravenna in a press release informing private and professional users: “As a precautionary measure, dealers and individuals who, in any capacity whatsoever, own submerged electric and hybrid vehicles following the weather events of the last few days, or who are in particularly humid environments, they must adopt certain preventive measures to protect public safety. Especially such vehicles must be placed for 15 days in quarantine, i.e. they must be kept in outdoor spaceswith a distance between one vehicle and another, buildings and other vehicles Of at least five meters. These measures were ordered at the request of the firefighters..
FIRE IN RAVENNA SET QUARANTINE FOR ELECTRIC CARS
Compared to the American measure that arrived after a few weeks, the Italian firefighters were even faster. It was enough the first electric car fire station on the forecourt of the Renault Nissan Destauto dealership by Fornace Zarattini (Ravenna). As shown by Ravenna24Ore, which also published the attached images of the intervention, the fire that took place on Thursday, May 25. Flames engulfed a Nissan Leaf flooded that was parked outside the dealership. The intervention of the fire brigade prevented the fire from spreading uncontrollably to other electric cars or to the building.
Source : Sicur Auto