SNAFU Solomon linked to a tweet with this video of an electric bus that caught fire in China.
That’s what happens when lithium batteries burn. They produce enormous internal pressure that blows out through the casing and burns like a blowtorch. The bus’s batteries were/are much bigger than those in an electric car, so they burn correspondingly more fiercely. Here’s what happens when one bus catches fire in a rank of them.
(There are many video clips of burning electric vehicles on YouTube, if you want to watch them.)
I’m looking at the growing trend overseas, particularly in China, for electric buses to take over city routes from those using fossil fuels, and I’m thinking this could be very dangerous. Imagine being in your car, or a taxi, stopped in traffic next to a bus like that, and it catches fire. With those blowtorch-like flames starting up so quickly, coming right at you, how on earth would you get out of your vehicle and reach safety?
Just a thought . . . but a very worrying one. I presume we’ll be more and more likely to encounter such vehicles on US city streets before long. Would any firefighters or first responders among our readers care to comment?