Tesla Model S on fire: 12,000 gallons of water were spent to put it out until it was useless

Tesla Model S on fire was rendered useless
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In the morning hours of Tuesday, November 15, around 11:00, the Volunteer Fire Company #1 of the Municipality of Morris in Pennsylvania, USAresponded to a call on Interstate 80, where he had to turn off a Tesla Model S on fire until it was useless. The fire lasted several hours and took thousands of gallons of water that the Tesla used to get the car off the road. Tesla in a safe way.

Luckily, no one was injured in the incident, which began when the Model S, which had just been brought home the previous Monday, according to WTAJ, collided with debris on the road.

Tesla Model S on fire was rendered useless

According to one of the occupants, after the object struck the bottom of the Model S, smoke began to come out of the vehicle. The driver stopped instantly and the three occupants and their dog got out of the car safely.

However, they were lucky, because the Model S caught fire quickly and finally burned down to the wheels. According to the Morris Township Fire Company, they initially used their two tankers and put 4,000 gallons (15,141 liters) of water in the car, but that was insufficient to put out the fire.

Tesla Model S on fire was rendered useless
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So they had to call in additional tankers from three other fire departments. In the end, they required a total of 12,000 gallons (45,425 liters) of water to put out the fire. A considerably higher number than a typical car fire, which can require as little as 500 gallons (1,893 liters) to put out, according to the fire department.

Tesla Model S on fire was rendered useless
Image courtesy of Carscoops – Burning Tesla Model S rendered useless

“Due to the vehicle’s lithium ion battery, extinguishing this fire would require additional tankers as the vehicle would continue to ignite and burn fiercely at times,” the Morris Township Volunteer Fire Company wrote via Facebook. They added: “In total, it took the crews nearly two hours to continuously apply water to the vehicle as the battery began to re-ignite and maintain high temperatures.”

Lithium ion battery

The cars Tesla They’re not alone among electric cars that require extra effort to put them out if they catch fire. The lithium ion batteries they can go into something called thermal runaway, leading to a fire that requires an enormous amount of effort to put out. However, research has shown that EVs are less likely to be involved in fire-related incidents compared to hybrid or internal combustion vehicles.

It should be noted that, logically, fires in electric cars and other cars with different engines are completely different to deal with, and many do not know how to do it. Because of this, a Spanish firefighter shared the first guide for the rescue of people in electric cars so that the most effective way or the steps to be carried out for this is known.

Fortunately, in this case, no people should have been rescued from inside, but the guide itself states that the battery firesthey can be reactivated “hours or days” after their extinction, so you must be vigilant in case the case occurs.

Tesla Model S on fire was rendered useless
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