Swiss research finds EV fires aren’t more dangerous than ICE fires
First the good news: the Swiss research institute Empa together with A+W Progress found that an electric vehicle fire isn’t more dangerous than a burning diesel or petrol-powered car.
But there’s also bad news: EV fires do release hazardous substances, but in quantities low enough not to be a health risk. Modern ventilation systems in tunnels and underground car parks could be a solution, the researchers conclude.
Another risk that needs to be addressed, is polluted fire extinguishing water. Fires from electric cars release heavy metals that cannot be drained into the sewers.
Earlier research in the Netherlands suggested underground charging stations should be located close to the entrance or exit, giving emergency services easier access to them.
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