Flaming Tesla has to be buried in pit to extinguish battery

Firefighters dug a pit and used hundreds of gallons of water to place out a fire when a Tesla Model S burst into flames at a scrapyard in Rancho Cordova, east of the California money of Sacramento.

The vehicle experienced been in the wrecking property for three months next a crash. In accordance to the Sacramento Metropolitan Hearth District, the car was on hearth when the firefighters arrived at the scene.

Every time that the fireplace crew experimented with to put out the blaze, the car’s battery would restart the fireplace.

The company posted films of the fire on social media, noting that despite the firefighters turning the automobile about on to its aspect to get immediate accessibility to the battery, the car or truck would once yet again catch fireplace “due to the residual heat”.

The fireplace crew then applied a tractor to dig a pit shut by and moved the auto into the pit and filled it with water, “effectively submerging the battery compartment”.

The evaluate at last put out the fireplace. A overall of about 4,500 gallons of water was utilised around the study course of far more than an hour. A identical amount of money of h2o is normally used for setting up fires.

Hearth Department spokesman Captain Parker Wilbourn explained to The Washington Put up that the car or truck arrived at a temperature of more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,649C).

Capt Wilbourn informed The Put up that the company has not figured out why the car “spontaneously caught fire”, introducing that it was the 1st time the Sacramento County office has place out a Tesla fireplace.

But the spokesman informed the paper that they are planning to place out additional fires linked to electric automobiles as more and far more EV entrepreneurs install chargers in their garages.

“This is a whole new animal for the hearth support,” Capt Wilbourn advised The Article. “We’re however seeking to wrap our heads around the [electric vehicle] fires.”

The fire is very similar to that of other electrical vehicle fires. In December 2020, a property fireplace in San Ramon, California was commenced when two Teslas caught hearth in the garage, The Write-up claimed.

One particular of the autos was charging when it was engulfed in flames and the blaze spread to the next Tesla. At least six hearth vans were being necessary to put out the garage hearth.

Chevrolet, Audi, and Hyundai have recalled electrical vehicles mainly because of the hearth possibility.

A initially responder manual to the Tesla Design S states that among 3,000 and 8,000 gallons of h2o could be desired to put out a hearth, with the water obtaining to be “applied straight to the battery”.

But Capt Wilbourn reported that involving 20,000 and 30,000 gallons of drinking water could be desired for battery fires.

The lithium-ion batteries utilised in electric motor vehicles keep on to melt away until finally all the power inside of is put in.

“We’re fundamentally combating power release,” Capt Wilbourn said.

The Sacramento fire office mentioned that placing the automobile in a pit crammed with h2o minimal the amount of h2o necessary.

The Impartial has achieved out to Tesla for comment.