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Fatal Tesla Model S crash illustrates challenge of EV fires

Fatal Tesla Model S crash illustrates challenge of EV fires

A crash and subsequent fire of a Tesla Model S near Fort Lauderdale last month that claimed the driver's life illustrates once again a unique challenge presented by electric vehicles: that electric vehicle battery fires are very difficult to put out. Bloomberg reports that police initially tried to put out the blaze using a department-issued fire extinguisher, to no avail. Chemicals used in conventional fire extinguishers are useless against lithium-ion battery fires, which are susceptible to a chain reaction known as thermal runaway.