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Warning fire brigades: Fires at electric cars are hard to extinguish
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According to the first data, the fire risk of electric vehicles is not greater than with petrol engines. But the extinguishing effort is enormous and fire brigades often feel badly prepared. The federal government says succinctly: That is a problem of fire brigades.
More and more electric cars and hybrid vehicles are rolling on German roads. The German Fire Brigade Association demands more support from the auto industry in dealing with fires of electric cars. "The manufacturers have so far not been sufficiently justified their responsibility for electric cars and the associated risks after a fire event", said Peter Bachmeier, chairman of the specialist committee of preventive fire and danger protection of the German fire brigades, the "mirror".
Electric car fire: 10.000 instead of 500 liters of water necessary
The fire risk of an electric car is not higher than with a petrol engine, the expert continues. Deleting a burning battery is often more complicated and lengthy. "A normal car is deleted in a quarter of an hour and needs 500 liters of water," Bachmeier told the news magazine. «With the e-car, however, the fire brigade is often busy for two to three hours and needs 10.000 liters of water.»
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In addition, electric vehicles after a fire after a fire 72 hours must be observed – To rule out that the battery catches fire again. That could not be the task of the fire brigades, said Bachmeier. Instead, the manufacturers are asked: In the event of a fire, they should send specialists, as is common in the chemical industry, and later remove the vehicle.
Federal government wants "Improve data collection"
The Federal Government wants to literally keep the topic of fire protection on e-cars on a small flame because it has virtually prescribed emobility and has it promoted with billions in tax money-Berlin fears an image damage for the technology that is supposedly superior to the gasoline and diesel in all points. A request from the FDP parliamentary group on the subject of the site shows the helplessness of politics. In its response to the FDP Group, the Federal Government says that "currently no higher fire hazard potential than with vehicles with a conventional combustion engine" exist. According to the current status, this affects the risk of a fire as a whole, but not the fire fighting. Both technologies are "Technically and in terms of fire protection and similar to the avoidance of fires", the federal government still claims.
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At best, this statement is irritating, because again and again firefighters indicate the enormous demand for fire water for burning electric cars, as the current speeches of the specialist committee of preventive fire and danger protection shows.
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Another risk is the release of highly toxic river acid. The RBB recently reported on the technical and training requirements as well as special risks that exist in the case of fires of batteries, solar systems or electric cars for the rescue workers. "This is life -threatening for the firefighters. The contact with the skin, even through normal protective clothing, can trigger breathing arrest if the concentration is too high", For example, the RBB to the river acid risk.
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Federal government does not feel responsible
In its response to the FDP request. Instead, one points out that the training of fire and rescue workers "the responsibility of the states, municipalities and municipalities " lounger. The building authorities of the federal states are responsible for fire protection in underground garages. It continues: "According to the Federal Government, the statistical foundations should be fired (u.A. Cause, impact, vehicle technology are further improved." How and in what framework this data collection should be carried out, but Berlin does not provide any information on this.
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