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Published on October 7th, 2022 | by Sounder Rajen


Is Water Damage Really Causing EVs To Explode?

This Florida Top Official certainly thinks so

Recently Hurricane Ian has left some pretty severe water damage in the United States including destroying a very expensive McLaren P1, link to that here if you missed it. Now FoxNews is reporting that some Florida top officials claim this has left a ‘ton of EVs disabled’ and catching fire, is this true? The full article from Fox is linked here.

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Jimmy Patronis, the top financial officer and fire marshal for the State of Florida claims that electric vehicle (EV) batteries that were waterlogged in the wake of Hurricane Ian are at risk of corrosion. He also says that this is what could lead to the unexpected fires.

He clarified by tweeting, “There’s a ton of EVs disabled from (Hurricane) Ian. As those batteries corrode, fires start. That’s a new challenge that our firefighters haven’t faced before. At least on this kind of scale.”

Patronis also followed up that tweet with another tweet saying, “It takes special training and understanding of EVs to ensure these fires are put out quickly and safely. Thanks to (North Collier Fire Rescue) for their hard work.”

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So is this true? Well, there is no concrete evidence to support this theory. So as of now, that’s all this statement from Patronis is, a theory. For anyone who was glued to their TV during the recent presidential campaign in the United states like I was, you’d already be familiar with how Fox presents their news, particularly about EVs.

Moreover, in that same article, Fox points out that Americans are turning to EVs now more than ever and the government is incentivising EVs to push for a greener future. The article also goes on to point out that some critics are blasting the government for presenting a “false impression” of EVs and that they are often unreliable.

So could all this just be the bitter claims of an EV hater trying to spread a message that cannot be proved? No, I don’t think so, however I can understand why some may think so just as I don’t think that the water damage is what is causing EVs to explode, if at all they are, but I can understand how it may be possible too.

At the end of the day, EVs have been exposed to water and never exploded but they have never had to endure this level of water and water damage so perhaps this theory does hold water. Ultimately without concrete scientific proof, it is best not to assume anything and just let the experts figure out what is really happening.


Thank you FoxNews for this information.

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