Tesla is on fire – literally.
The rent-seeking EV company ought to be required to indemnify against fires – which erupt spontaneously, when the car is parked.
The most recent incident occurred in Belgium, where a Tesla was charging up before it got all fired up. The car had to be immersed in a water-filled dumpster to douse the flames – which burn hotter and much more persistently than gasoline-fueled fires.
Tesla says it will send “over the air updates” to solve the problem, which they attribute to “thermal management” – i.e., recharging – issues.
But the problem goes deeper than that. It inheres in the nature of EV lithium-ion batteries, which can short circuit for a variety of reasons – including physical damage to the case as well as contact with moisture – which represents a new and unique saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety risk that apparently isn’t of much “concern” to those who constantly tell us they are controlling us to protect us.
Gasoline doesn’t just ignite all by itself. It has to be vaporized – and there needs to be a spark or other ignition source. In other words, it takes at least two things for a gas fire to start.
With an EV, it can take just one thing – such as damage to the battery case in the course of a wreck or as the result of a manufacturing defect or just plain ol’ wear and tear (no one wants to discuss aging EVs, either; we’re just supposed to buy – rent – a new one every five years or so).
Or nothing at all.
EV batteries can erupt in flames just sitting there – as just happened in Belgium and other places, too. Too much charge, too soon – and it’s hot dog time.
This is why “fast” chargers are slow; any faster and the risk of fire goes up. Which is why EV recharging will never be actually fast – as refueling an IC car already is (let’s exchange simple and quick for complicated and preposterously time-consuming).
It is also why you can only partially recharge at a “fast” charger. Eighty percent. Any more and the risk of fire – or damage to the battery or reduced battery life – becomes more likely.
Great idea, that.
A vehicle already range-gimped relative to greatest “gas hog” imaginable gimped further – by 20 percent – if you want to “fast” charge it for 30-45 minutes rather than wait six-eight hours.
This is what passes for “progress” in our Hallucinatory era, with drivers of EVs headed up the Big Rock Candy Mountain, burning lots of other people’s money and sometimes themselves, too.
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