The problems with electric vehicles just keep piling up.
And they are becoming deadlier as well.
Recently, an electric bus crashed and caught fire, killing 21 people. But they don’t want you to know why.
Many Americans and auto industry experts are questioning the mad race to switch motor vehicles over to all-electric.
Time to put the brakes on EVs and save lives
And it’s not just the high prices for the vehicles and batteries that are causing the caution flags to go up.
It’s not even the growing problems with charging stations, poor performance, and battery replacement issues.
The main reason many are now questioning if the EV craze is the right lane to take is safety.
Batteries have a devastating tendency to explode and catch fire.
Drivers are being left stranded with no way to recharge.
And sadly, people are dying due to the EV malfunctions.
Too many people have already been caught in deadly crashes, and batteries that explode burn extremely hot, and the fires are difficult to put out.
Now, there is a new issue to contend with – these hot, burning, hard-to-put-out fires are making it difficult to save people involved in these fiery crashes.
An EV shuttle bus disaster
Such was the case when an electric shuttle bus plunged off an overpass and burst into flames in Venice, Italy, killing 21 people on board.
Twenty of the dead were foreign tourists visiting Italy.
The driver of the shuttle bus, 40-year-old Alberto Rizzotto, was the one Italian resident killed.
Also killed in the fiery crash were nine Ukrainians, four Romanians, three Germans, two Portuguese, one Croat, and one South African.
In addition to the dead, nine other passengers were taken to intensive care to receive trauma treatment for burns and fractures.
Sadly, this crash was made far worse than it should have been because Venice is currently in the process of switching all its city vehicles to electric models.
That’s because, according to experts at the scene of the deadly accident, the size and intensity of the fire and, thus, the difficulty of the rescue operations resulted from the electric bus.
Despite this horrifying news, Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said this accident will not change the city’s plans to continue the EV conversion.
And Communist China-based Yutong Group Co., the electric bus manufacturer, tried to claim on its website that the batteries are not a threat to passengers during a fire.
“Fully spatial and thermal isolation between battery cabin and passenger compartment poses no threat to passengers, even if the batteries catch fire,” the website said.
Tell that to the families of the 21 who perished due to the fire caused by the electric batteries.
Maybe we should look into this
Mayor Brugnaro did at least begrudgingly admit that investigators may need to determine exactly what role the battery played in the fire and the hampered rescue efforts.
According to the AP, the bus was only a year old, and Rizzotto had a perfect safety record as a driver.
The increased issues with electric vehicles, and specifically the dangers of the batteries, should cause much more than a cursory investigation.
It’s time for the EV race to take a few caution laps, if not be red-flagged, at least until this dangerous issue is solved.
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