Car battery explosions and electric vehicle battery pack explosions have the potential to cause serious injuries, particularly when they are the result of a car accident.
Electric vehicle battery pack explosions
In November, 2016 a Tesla Model S crashed into a tree in downtown Indianapolis, killing both of its passengers and bursting into flames. The impact of the collision caused battery cells to fire off in all directions. The car crash was caused when the driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a tree after traveling at a high rate of speed. Safety experts have expressed concerns about the danger of electric vehicle battery packs because they are usually made up of hundreds of little cells that contain a flammable liquid electrolyte. These cells can start a chain reaction in the case of a fiery crash. To prevent a lithium-ion battery fire from turning to an explosion, the electrolyte must be stopped from catching fire; if a fire does start it must be kept from spreading.Read More