The enormous lithium-ion batteries used to power electric cars pose some significant fire risks. But there are some key differences that make these fires harder to combat.
If your electric car is flooded or drives through deep water, be sure to get it towed and checked by a mechanic before turning it back on. Even after your car appears to have dried out, water stuck in the battery can still cause a short-circuit and start a fire.
Aside from water damage, damage sustained in a collision can also cause an EV to short-circuit and start a fire. It’s best to have your battery looked at by a professional after any kind of accident, no matter how minor.