E-Vehicle Woes: German Cities Remove E-Buses From Service After Bursting In Flames: “Fire Hazard”

E-buses in Germany a “fire hazard” as batteries can heat up to 1000°C. German cities taking vehicles out of service as a precaution. 

Even after years of fine-tuning, electric vehicle manufacturers still seem unable to get e-vehicle technology to work as safely as it needs to for personal and public transportation.

German media, for example here, report that currently electric buses are being withdrawn from service in cities because they pose a fire hazard. Earlier in June of this year in Hanover, Germany, a major fire  destroyed nine buses belonging to the Üstra transport company and so the company took the remaining buses out of service until the exact cause is determined.

“Not just the case in Hanover, it is becoming increasingly common for electric vehicles to be removed from service in cities, and the reasons are often down to a common cause: Fire safety,” reports the online MK.

Stuttgart withdraw buses from service after fire

The Stuttgart transport authority also took buses out of service after an electric bus fire destroyed 25 vehicles. The MK also reports that the city of Regensburg also removed the same kind of electric bus from service for fear of fire.

According to the MK, the problem is the extremes heat generated by the vehicle’s batteries, which can reach temperatures of 1000°C due to  “thermal runaway”.

15-meter safe parking distance

“In the process, the lithium-ion batteries release energy in an uncontrolled manner,” reports the MK. “For the same reason, electric cars also repeatedly catch fire. The first e-cars are now only allowed to park at a distance of 15 meters because of the risk of fire.”

Also in China e-buses were recorded bursting into flames as they charged:

Even e-scooters can burst into flames. The following example also shows how difficult it can be to extinguish e-vehicle fires.

Also read here: https://notrickszone.com/2021/06/11/electric-bus-inferno-in-hanover-germany-explosive-fire-causes-millions-in-damages/

14 responses to “E-Vehicle Woes: German Cities Remove E-Buses From Service After Bursting In Flames: “Fire Hazard””

  1. Mike H

    Meanwhile, in Canada, not exactly the warmest country in the world, especially in the Montreal area, we’re subsidizing these things. Maybe it’s so Montrealers can keep their hands warm as it burns.


    1. Senex

      Ottawa announced earlier this year that they plan to switch their entire bus fleet to electric vehicles over the coming years. Given the fiasco that light rail has been in Ottawa so far, should be a fun ride. Even if they don’t catch fire, I wonder how they will perform when it is -25 Celsius.

      Nova Bus in Quebec and Western Flyer in Manitoba are probably already lining up at the trough looking for subsidies to build electric buses. The only reason both companies are in business today is because of subsidies and “Buy Canadian” policies of local transport agencies. Export business, apart from the U.S., is negligible. I rode on buses in Europe thirty years ago that were more advanced in design and comfort than those in use in Canada today.

  2. bonbon

    What about EV and house fire insurance? Customers should check the small print!

  3. The Atmosphere Guy

    It’s the old “watts = volts X amps” we learned as a school-child. It takes a lot of watts to drive the average vehicle a hundred miles or so. We either put the voltage up to levels unsafe to be handled or put the amps up to levels that cause unsafe temperatures. Yet this doesn’t seem to be discussed much. One might wonder why ?

    1. Senex

      Because most politicians and “green technology” advocates are ignorant of basic physics, yet claim “The Science (TM) Is Settled”.

      1 watt = 1 N * 1 metre / second. So, the energy required to operate a bus (idealsed) is in joules, or N.m. Now, consider the energy required to move a fully loaded city bus a distance of 100 km…

      1. Robert Folkerts

        I think Watts is just fine. Not hard to understand kilowatts, horsepower etc.

  4. John Klug

    I think “Erste E-Auto” means “One particular E-Car” which in this case is the Chevrolet Bolt. “The First E-Cars” makes no sense.

    1. JuergenK

      Can’t find what you are referring to, but “Erste” means “first, earliest, primary, initially, … The First E-Car makes perfekt sense.

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