A strange incident took place in the American city of Sacramento. A Tesla Model S electric car wrecked in an accident caught fire at a car dump. Extinguishing an electric car was not easy. This was told on Twitter by the city fire service.
In order to localize the fire, I had to dig a hole, fill it with water and use a crane to lower a burning Tesla electric car there. Only after the battery cooled down, it was still possible to extinguish it. The car burned to the ground.
Tesla fires are not uncommon: electric cars have repeatedly ignited immediately after an accident or during charging. However, this particular car stood in the car landfill for three weeks. After the accident, she was brought there and not touched – the car was waiting for disposal.
Moreover, according to preliminary information, the Tesla Model S battery was not damaged in the accident. However, it is quite possible that the damage was not noticed, or that it was hit while being transported to a landfill.
Most likely, it was due to mechanical damage in the battery cells that chemical processes began, accompanied by an increase in temperature. Roughly speaking, the battery smoldered for a long time until it ignited. An investigation will determine the exact causes of the fire.