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From Electrek: Rare Tesla Model S fire following fatal crash in speeding accident

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    Rare Tesla Model S fire following fatal crash in speeding accident

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    Cars catch on fire after severe high-speed impacts. That’s nothing new to Tesla or electric vehicles, but there’s also no doubt that battery fires are different from gas-powered car fires. The latest example comes from a tragic fatal accident in Indianapolis early this morning.

    The driver and passenger of a Tesla Model S died after hitting a tree at a reportedly high-speed. The car caught on fire following the accident and was difficult to extinguish according to local firefighters. more…

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    Looking at the scenery, that road doesn't even look like a motorway. I realise this can sound a bit rude but really, cars are cars whether EV or not, the speed limit is there for a purpose and the basic limits of physics will always be at work no matter how advanced the car is. If you think that the speed limit is just a number and you decide to ignore that, at least you have to know whether a particular road can take those sort of speeds.
     
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    ^^ yeah my thought too. It doesn't look like a highway. It's the one downside with giving people access to such incredibly powerful vehicles with tonnes of torque.
     
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    I wonder if it would be possible to include some kind of fire-suppression foam in the battery pack, triggered by heat. Something that could expand to fill the whole pack, withstand the high heat of an out-of-control chemical reaction, and be able to block oxygen from entering the equation and starting an actual fire.

    I know nothing about foam technology, or if interior bits would still spontaneously combust just from the heat of the chemical reaction. But I think preventing actual fires like this would do wonders for improving the public perception of electric cars.
     
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    @garsh - or triggered by the airbag sensor going off. I believe on ICE vehicles, the fuel pump power is cut when the airbag is deployed. EVs could implement something similar in the event of a wreck - activate fire-suppression, disconnect the high voltage (instead of waiting for the fire fighters cutting the cable), etc.
     
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