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Electric cars pose new challenges to firefighters

Original post made on Jan 29, 2017

Hybrid and all-electric vehicles are increasingly commonplace in Santa Clara County, with a Tesla car, a Nissan Leaf or a Toyota Prius around every corner.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, January 28, 2017, 6:34 PM

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Posted by bruce dp
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jan 29, 2017 at 2:19 am

-The car, parked in the first block of E. Evelyn Avenue, had been converted for an internal combustion engine to all-electric-

This is not a Tesla nor a Leaf. This is an Electric Vehicle (EV) conversion. These are not common place as the writer wrote, but now rare.

The public must not confuse a rare EV conversion with a production EV like the Tesla, Leaf, or the many others.

Production EVs encase their li-ion battery cells in an enclosure.
Hobbyist that convert EVs usually do not bother to do this (added cost and weight).

While it saddens me to know an EV conversion had a fire, the writer was EV-ignorant to tie production EVs (Tesla, Leaf, etc.) with a one-off now rare EV-conversion (just another ignorant biased media writer spreading mis-information to the public).

The 1st block of Evelyn Ave. puts the home-brew/hobbyist EV-conversion near Hwy 85 where there are no homes, just small businesses.

A simple web search
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shows Mt. View (MTV) FD spokesperson told the writer incorrectly. Li-ion battery fires are Class-D. Water is not for use on a li-ion fire. Foam is usually used. While the CO2 extinguishers may have cooled the batteries, it is not the right FD tool to put out a li-ion battery fire.

Because of MTV's spokesperson's EV & li-ion ignorance, I was quite surprised. As a plugin (the term is used for both EVs and plug-in-hybrids) advocate, I check regularly with FD's I meet that are local to MTV. The Menlo Park, Redwood City, and other FD's I have talked to about any EV difficulties, or lack of information, has shown they feel comfortable they have been properly trained, and have access to all the details on each electrified vehicle models, to handle whatever comes their way.

Perhaps it is MTV FD (even with Google's doodle-bug nEVs zipping around MTV neighborhoods) that is behind the curve, and should contact its neighbor FD's for training and experience tips-n-tricks?!?

No, the situation is not as the writer wrote, trying to stir up emotional fears of EVs The public should no fear plugins. Conversion-EVs are rare and different.

The public should be aware to avoid buying, or be around a charging hoverboards which use cheap-China made li-ion batteries that catch fire much more often than the poorly designed Samsung Note7 battery.

Today's production plugins are a wonderful addition to consumer's transportation choices.
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Posted by Nicholas
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 30, 2017 at 10:01 pm

This is a clickbait article.. electric cars pose less hazard than gasoline cars.

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