Fire due to battery: a burned ship with 4,000 cars can cause a rise in price of electric cars

Fire due to battery: a burned ship with 4,000 cars can cause a rise in price of electric cars


The Felicity Ace vessel with almost 4,000 vehicles on board is completely burned out and there is no point in extinguishing it. The fire could have been caused by a lithium-ion battery.

This is reported by RBC-Ukraine Auto with reference to Reuters.

In the near future, the ship will be hooked up by tugboats and delivered to one of the nearest Spanish ports. We previously reported that the Felicity Ace car carrier was abandoned by the crew and the ship was drifting east in the Atlantic. More than 1,000 Porsches and almost 200 Bentleys remained on board, as well as more than 2,500 Volkswagens and Audis. Several electric vehicles on board made it difficult for emergency responders to put out the flames.

João Méndez Cabecas, captain of the nearby port on the Azores island of Faial, said that lithium-ion batteries were supporting the fire and could well have started the fire.

Cabecas noted that currently rescue teams can only fight the fire from the outside, cooling the ship’s structure. At present, it is still too dangerous to board. It is necessary to extinguish the vessel very carefully, as large volumes of water on the car transporter can change its alignment, which will lead to flooding. While the fire is at a safe distance from the fuel tanks, it is spreading.

Tugs will arrive at the ship no earlier than Wednesday. The 200-meter ship will have to be towed to Spain or the Bahamas. As soon as rescue efforts begin, we will know the true extent of the damage caused by this accident.

But already now it can be stated that such a precedent with a large batch of cars catching fire from one overheated lithium-ion battery will increase the cost of insurance when transporting electric vehicles. This, in turn, may lead to a slight increase in prices for electric cars for end consumers.

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