The advent and widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) on roads worldwide has created new challenges in terms of fire accidents. While many electric vehicles have been victims of raging fires following accidents, there have also been reports of fire-related incidents caused by battery failures. Controlling a fire may require firefighters to have some special skills.
New Jersey is now considering a special bill that would mandate specific training procedures for firefighters who must deal with electric vehicle-related fires. Local media quoted Senator Ed Durr as saying that with the increasing popularity of such vehicles, the need and ability to deal with electric vehicle fires should be improved. “This is an area that needs to be addressed if we’re going to roll out electric vehicles,” Doerr told the New Jersey Monitor. “This is a bill that serves the public interest and should not be a partisan issue.”
EVs currently make up a very small share of New Jersey’s total vehicle population — about 47,000 of the 6 million vehicles registered as of June of this year. But with a clear focus on promoting zero-emission personal mobility options, the need to deal with emergencies of all kinds is being emphasized.
Electric vehicle fires – whether from accidents or otherwise – have been a big problem holding back adoption in many parts of the world. Short circuits and battery failure are two major factors that can cause such a situation. But with the rapid development of electric vehicle technology, many believe that even in the past some manufacturers recommended that owners park electric vehicles in open areas, and fire-related accidents may decrease.
First published date: December 12, 2022 at 10:26 AM CST