Per Tesla’s Emergency Response Guide:
”It can take between approximately 3000-8000 gallons of water, applied directly to the battery, to fully extinguish and cool down a battery fire...”.
”Battery fires can take up to 24 hours to fully cool”.
“Always advise second responders that there is a risk of battery re-ignition”.
”Due to potential re-ignition, a Model S that has been involved in a submersion, fire, or a collision that has compromised the high voltage battery should be stored in an open area at least 50 feet (15 m) from any exposure.
A little more time to write today...
I truly do believe in the idea of free markets, (which I've heard makes me a raging capitalist pig). As such I have no problem with electric vehicles. For the record, I ditched my gas-powered weed-eater for electric after I became fairly certain repeated pulls of the recoil starter are what damaged my shoulder... Repeated pulls because all two-strokes run like hot garbage due to emission regulations.
But I'm always struck by the fact that the very first logical place to use EVs is an electric utility. Despite tinkering with the idea for decades (the Google machine shows Public Relations experiments back to the 60s), the utilities, flush with cash, sitting on monopolies and able to pay their CEOs outrageously; have what percent of an electrified fleet? A good rule of thumb is that if such an otherwise positive piece of information is hard to come by, it's because it's embarrassingly low.
You know, vehicles that come to the same place every evening, with loads of commercial infrastructure, a building full of mechanics, etc. In other words, the perfect EV environment. Meanwhile most local gas utilities have been running Natural Gas ICEs for decades, again because of the ideal infrastructure.
Yet we have Teslas all over the place before a serious percentage of utility fleets are electrified. And don't give me the idea that "It's because they are all trucks". A huge amount of what utilities do, does not require trucks. Site inspections, line planning, even meter change-outs. As a landlord/part-time builder, I've been around for all of these on multiple occasions. Electric cars have been local-practical for a decade. I've yet to see a worker arrive in one, unless low-bid Chevy Cavaliers and Cobalts came in an electric form I've never seen. Wouldn't a natural progression be electric fleet vehicles and THEN widespread consumer use, WITHOUT mandates from uncle Fed? Or if there are to be mandates, why not on the PUBLICALLY REGULATED UTILITIES first and foremost?
Because they have more money to lobby with than you or I.