Hybrid vehicles prone to catch fire…difficult to extinguish
It’s safe to say most people are compelled to buy an hybrid or electric car because they wish to reduce their impact on the environment and climate.
Unfortunately, many don’t seem to be aware of an electric car’s poor lifetime carbon budget and wind up spending a lot money for doing very little or nothing good for the environment.
Another problem is the higher tendency for hybrid cars to catch fire due to a technical fault. I saw firsthand during the recent New Year’s celebration as one hybrid car just 100 meters air distance from our home caught fire shortly after midnight (images here) and ended up burning the adjacent home.
According to the authorities, a Kia hybrid passenger car caught fire for unknown reasons and the flames spread quickly to the carport and from there to the adjoining residential house. Despite the rapid action of the fire department, some property damage was also caused to the neighboring house by the effects of the heat. A parked BMW was also affected by the heat of the fire. No one was injured. The police estimate the property damage to be at least 500,000 euros.
The homeowner and neighbors were unable to get the hybrid car fire under control.
In terms of protecting the climate, the burned car – produced with the intention of being gentle to the environment – ended up leaving a gaping environmental footprint on the planet.
A search of Kia hybrid cars and fires shows that there have been problems. The fire problem appears to be industry wide as other manufacturers have had their share of issues.
Reports show that hybrid cars are in fact more prone to catch fire than vehicles with internal combustion engines. Pure electric cars are reported to be the least fire-prone. The biggest challenge, however, is that it’s far more difficult to extinguish a burning battery of an electric car.
Highway safety: EVs are massively heavy, dangerous
When it comes to overall highway safety, experts and data suggest that there’s nothing safer on the road than the good old internal combustion engine vehicle:
8 responses to ““Environmentally-Friendly” Hybrid Car Catches Fire, Causes €500,000 Property Damage”
“car caught fire for unknown reasons ”
A drunk stumbled by and threw a lit match in the passenger seat.
It was hit by lightning.
One of the gods was angry with the owner.
It is a feature of EVs.
EV cars/trucks cause MORE pollution than my 1979 F150. I’ll keep my old truck and ya’ll drive those $75K pieces of junk that catch fire and cause more pollution than my 6 banger.
Saving the Earth can be a bit tricky at times.
I have seen a statistics concerning the relative numbers of cars catching fire by propulsion type in Europe. The stat says:
BEV 24 on 100000 vehicles
PHEV around 3000
ICE around 1500
So apparently BEV are far the most secure.
My doubts are the following.
We have ICE cars also 20 years old, but all BEV are new cars because the madness began only in 2019, while the sales boom occurred in 2021 and 2022. Therefore most of these cars are not even 1 year old.
Second: ICE cars catch fire after car crash How many begin to burn without any external reason when they are parked in the garage as on the contrary happens to BEV?
I think these statistics should be checked again in 10 years when we have more data on BEV.
The figures you posted are hardly “stats” when the numbers aren’t corrected for the absolute numbers of each vehicle type ie fires per 10,000 vehicles. The EV shills use the total number of fires data knowing it is invalid but it shows what they want.
Your comments on age, spontaneous combustion and accident fires are valid.
Based on a conversation with a retired fireman, I heard there were two tasks he was glad never happened in his career:
— Having to rescue a cat out of a tree, or even worse, getting a fireman out of a tree who was trying to rescue a cat in a tree, and
— Trying to put out an EV fire
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