Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Nick asks:I saw you article about the Tesla in Florida that was reduced to scrap after a crash caused a runaway combustion in the lithium battery. Is there a way to “fireproof” these cars using some kind of onboard extinguishing system?
My reply: Almost certainly; anything – just about – is technically possible. But at what cost? This is the question that seems to always get shoved under the rug with regard to electric cars – with regard to everything about electric cars. The cars themselves; the infrastructure necessary to support them; the cost in lost time and increased hassle; the cost in lives – etc.
These questions are almost never answered, let alone asked. Which is an odd thing when you stop to think about it. EVs have become a kind of religious totem – the fetish object of a cult. One does not question the totem. One has faith. And those who do ask questions are unbelievers.
Cults are dangerous for precisely these reasons. And for one more reason.
Cults invariably have leaders. People who obtain control – power – over others by using the tools of orthodoxy and obedience.
They also get rich.
Elon Musk has much in common with Benny Hinn and Joel Osten – only instead of fleecing old ladies of their Social Security dole, he fleeces pretty much everyone, including people not even members of his cult – via the wealth transfer schemes which prop up EVs.
Back to your question: An EV could be fitted with its own fire-suppression system; or battery packs could be redesigned in such a way as to be jettisonable in the event of a fire. Or maybe the passenger compartment could be designed to separate from the rest of the car – like the saucer section of the Starship Enterprise.
But it won’t be easy – and it’s not going to be cheap.
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