Those nice new eCitaro electric busses are being tested by bus fleets all around Europe. In the German cities of Hanover and Dusseldorf both have had fires break out in their bus depots with the larger incident taking place in Stuttgart. The link between the fires and electric buses has yet to be definitively made by investigators. The evidence seems to have been conveniently burned which for now avoids the immediate and inconvenient possible causes of the fires which have one thing and common, burned out electric busses. The Green agenda is not happy.
Munich and Stuttgart Suspend Electric Bus Rollout
German safety official told RT TV that the risk of electric vehicle fires is ‘completely unaddressed.’ The fires prompted the cities of Munich and Stuttgart to suspend the use of these lithium battery-powered buses, and Heinrich Duepmann of Germany’s Electricity Consumer Protection Association said that he shares their concerns – not just about buses, but electric vehicles in general.
“The risk of these fires, including in other locations such as bicycle basements or large apartment blocks, is completely unaddressed,” he said. “Also, insurance companies are not yet tackling the issue.” Such inconvenient concerns are being completely ignored by the politically correct ‘environ mentalists’ who scream about carbon emissions from traditionally powered vehicles.
Lithium-ion Batteries Burn Ferociously
Lithium-ion batteries championed by ‘environ mentalists’ are highly toxic and used ones will pose a major disposable problem an inconvenience that no one is addressing with the Green Agendas heads where the sun doesn’t shine.
Electric vehicles can catch fire if damaged, or during charging or spontaneously for no known reason. E-buses have been shown to catch fire very rapidly. Four shuttle buses in Guangxi, China, exploded into flames with intense toxic smoke roaring upward. Lithium burns ferociously on contact with air, and these fires are extremely difficult to extinguish. Burning, lithium-ion batteries emit toxic quantities of fluoride gas. Electric vehicle fires become critical and highly dangerous because of the chain reaction involved the burning battery acts as a powerful fire accelerant and must burn out completely taking up to two days.
Temperature Temper Tantrum Cars
Recent studies have shown that cold temperatures significantly reduce the performance of electric vehicles, especially when it comes to battery life. One study by the American Automobile Association say that cold temperatures can reduce the range of the batteries in most electric cars by over 40 percent. The performance can be even worse when interior heaters are used. Even electric car owners who live in hot climates have problems with their electric cars. High temperatures can also reduce battery range, although to a lesser degree. Are Electric vehicles a solution that is more of a problem?