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Bert22306
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Re: More research needed on Li-ion battery fire
Bert22306   10/7/2013 4:54:40 PM
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Well, that article isn't very convincing. Nor is it surprising that someone who spends the kind of money to buy a Tesla would not make excuses for it. These are zealots.

It would be nice to have some specifics on what object this car hit. The two articles I've read so far have been too vague to be of any use.

bmws88
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Re: More research needed on Li-ion battery fire
bmws88   10/7/2013 4:04:37 PM
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Teslas are less than a year old and they've made less than 20,000 of these cars in all (wikipedia). Unless somebody can show me gasoline engine cars catch fire at a higher than 1/20,000 rate in their first year of service, this is a serious issue deserving serious attention.

betajet
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Re: More research needed on Li-ion battery fire
betajet   10/7/2013 2:35:53 PM
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An electric car battery fire is rare enough to make the front page.  A gasoline car fire is pretty much a daily occurrence in any major USA metro area, so they don't make the front page.


In this case the car told the driver to pull over and exit the car, which he did safely.  Here's a nice write-up comparing what could have happened with a gasoline car.

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Re: More research needed on Li-ion battery fire
Caleb Kraft   10/7/2013 2:27:47 PM
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the combustion potential of that bettery is a fraction of what you would find in a typical gasoline fueled vehicle. Sure, there's a possibility of it catching fire, and that is life threatening, but there's the same risk with your typical gas powere vehicle.

Caleb Kraft
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Re: More research needed on Li-ion battery fire
Caleb Kraft   10/7/2013 2:26:24 PM
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Most cars I've been in, something striking the bottom with that much force would have actually entered the cabin. Most cars don't have a quarter inch plate underneath everything.

krisi
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Re: More research needed on Li-ion battery fire
krisi   10/7/2013 1:33:28 PM
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how is this comparing to a similar accident with a combustion engine car? which one is safer?

Sanjib.A
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More research needed on Li-ion battery fire
Sanjib.A   10/7/2013 10:52:49 AM
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The video of the Tesla Model S fire accident is pretty scary. Though it is being justified as being caused by the battery getting damaged by hitting into something and this could be a rare incident, but it is dangerous and could be life threatening. I am sure a detailed investigation would reveal the real reason and something will be done to prevent it, but I guess more research is need in knowing all possible failure modes of of Li-ion battery. Also I learned that the fire from Li-ion batteries is not controlled easily...another area for more research, which I guess is already going on. 

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